Alan Fry wrote:
I'm sure those London commuters wouldn't take kindly to being called Comunters. Or even being called Londoners. Ask anyone from anywhere in the commuter belt where they live, and they won't say London!
Ameecher, Andel, Vassie and I certainly don't live in London! And the majority of transport movements in their area don't go into London - they're local. Extending the zones to regions where London is not the automatic destination for shopping/entertainment/work (far less than 25% of Cambridge residents work in London) is stupid. You're the only one who wants it that way.
They don't live in London becuase those areas are not part of London itself as of jet, but as house prices rise, more and more Londoners will move well beyond the M25 and into the rest of the South East of England, pretty soon a lot more that 25% of Cambridge residents will be working in London
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Successive governments have continued to boost London at the expense of the rest of the country, and our economy is now overly reliant on London which is bursting at the seams. Compare the UK with Germany, which has a federal system with each 'State' having a regional government and control of it's own budgets for things like transport and infrastructure. North-Rhine/Westfalia alone has something like the 5th highest GDP per capita in Europe, and Germany handled reunification with the East far more smoothly (though not so smooth really) than the UK economy would be able to cope with a similar major event (Scottish independance for example) because the areas of economic activity were spread out. Berlin suffered A LOT with the effects of reunification, having been divided, but because Germany wasn't overly dependant on its capital city (be it Berlin or Bonn) it was able to absorb those shocks. Because we have a situation in the UK where London effectively subsidises large areas of the North (and this mainly because the North has been starved of investment) it means that London will always take priority for investment, because if London suffers, the rest of the country no longer has the ability, infrastructure or skills-set to pick up the slack.
The Penistone Line Partnership:http://www.penline.co.uk/Economics is the alchemy of the modern age...47434 'Pride in Huddersfield' spent years hauling folk across the Pennines. It's now probably in the framework of a tower block somewhere in China!