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    High Speed Lines

    While I'd love to cover the country with a super-network of high-speed lines, it has all got to be paid for, so...... A line into Scotland will go no further than Glasgow & Edinburgh. Aberdeen cannot be justified, an extra 130+ miles for a city with a population less than Coventry, or Stoke...
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    Coal freight

    Let's not forget the once huge coalfields in Durham, Northumberland and Fife. The last mines to close in these regions were the coastal pits taking coal from under the North Sea. There are still substantial reserves under the North Sea, but the further you step out, the more expensive it gets...