Apparently, rush hour trains are much too packed, and are going to get even worse as employment increases on Merseyside over the next twenty years.
There are a couple of problems with this analysis. Firstly, there is no guarantee that employment will increase in the next two decades. Business is making a lot of money in around here at the moment, so unemployment is actually quite low by Liverpool standards. Once the Capital of Culture corporate jollly is over, the money is bound to go elsewhere, the bubble will burst and unemployment will go up massively.
Secondly, I often get rush hour trains. Yes, they can be slightly uncomfortable. But everyone gets a seat. That's more than could be said for the buses. If it's that much of a problem, the simple solution would be to attach more carriages. Problem solved.
Anyway, what are the report's proposals for curing the problem it has just invented?
a) increase peak-time fares
b) stop at fewer stations
So working people would lose out, the environment we all depend on would lose out, but who would benefit?
a) car companies
b) oil companies
We can't let this happen. We can't let the government use climate change as an excuse for building nuclear power stations, whilst trying to stop people using public transport.