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Tubby Isaacs
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What happened? Did you guys just think it was OK that you were beating Northern Ireland?
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Actually a lot less was maintained in the North, as that map shows. Unsure of the exact rationale for this, but doubtless some of this was due to the gruesome Dr.Beeching?
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Duncan Gardner v8.2
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Tubby: not in the last two games, they haven't.

Gonzo: the railway network in Ireland, as in Britain, peaked in size well before Beeching. In about 1905 in Ulster, IIRC. The main reason was that there were too many companies and lines chasing too little business.

If Translink (the local company in NI) get their way, services to Derry and locally to Larne and Bangor will disappear. Leaving just the Dublin line, and with many of its suburban stations closed.

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Realise the network peaked c. a century ago, but the cuts across the North, like in Britain, weren't until 50 or so years later!

It would be very short-sighted for them to curtail services, especially when they're talking also of opening up a new commuter line to Antrim, with links to the New Maze stadium and possibly Belfast International airport.

As is the Irish way, elsewhere, they're very slowly re-opening lines on a minor scale & being pressed, albeit lightly, to develop the network further. Unsure how quickly this will happen, but desperately needed!

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A nice big empty space for miles and miles around Enniskillen in the train network there! Possibly a candidate for the worst-connected town in the UK?
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Every penny that the UK has paid into the EU since Spain joined has been matched by the subsidy afforded Spain. Of cause they can afford these things, we pay for them.
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Or maybe they just spend less of their GDP on futile, ridiculous, and racist wars in the Middle East.
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Because they can afford not to suck Bush's wiener
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To be fair they were part of the 'coalition' before the PP got kicked out.
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Is any of Spain's high speed network paid for out of EU structural funds? I can't really see a convincing argument for Madrid and Barcelona to be subsidised, although the Seville link probably qualifies.
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When Spain joined they were almost certainly subsidised heavily. I bet they are net payers now though.
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Yeah, we'd have only wasted it.

One of my Spanish friends is an old trade unionist who was locked up (briefly) by Franco, a proper leftist. He hates the Popular Party more than we hate the Tories. The constitution/treaty didn't seem to be remotely an issue, as it is with the left here. I wonder whether he's typical.

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According to this that won't happen until 2013, ad hoc. I expect they'll get quite euro-sceptic then.
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Gonzo: you're right, apologies. Little of the network actually closed until Stormont decided to axe it in the 1950s. This left CIE in the South with little choice to close lines to towns near the border which were left stranded.

Lodz: aye, Tyrone and Fermanagh are very isolated. According to Wiki, there is a slight chance of the Limerick- Galway- Derry line redeveloping in the next decade, but hard to see local authorities spending the cash.

Largest town in Britain without a station? Some say Dudley, but it's only two miles from an intercity station on the Birmingham- Manchester line. May have been Mansfield until the Robin Hood reopened, or Stockton. Many large towns in Wiltshire are stationless- Calne, Devizes etc. Big Dave G may know.

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Corby?
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