THE Bigger, Better, Faster trains, with state-of-the-art air conditioning and free wi-fi, look and sound fantastic, (The Bolton News, February 3).

Not unlike the all-singing-all-dancing, ("with even more intuitive technology, like adaptive cruise control and self-learning personal route functions; human made"), to-die-for, dream cars, that we see advertised on TV.

However, if you can’t afford them, they’re basically neither use nor ornament.

The report states: "First sight of the new trains will come as a welcome relief to Bolton’s rail users, who have endured years of misery on delayed and overcrowded trains."

Not as much misery, and indeed death and injury, from having to cycle on potholed roads, plagued by lawless drivers.

In 1996, (to tackle congestion, and obesity), the government launched the National Cycling Strategy, so that people on low incomes could cycle to work, and children/students could cycle to education.

Since then, more than 2,000 cyclists have been killed, and thousands more have been seriously injured. According to police reports more than 90 per cent of cyclist injuries are due solely to driver error.

In her speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, in 2016, Theresa May called on international institutions to better represent people who feel left behind by globalisation.

Building better trains, before building better roads, and removing lawless drivers from them, effectively leaves people on minimum wages, (zero-hours contracts), even further behind.

In the poor world: a gardener, working for people with money to burn, that only want to pay £7 per hour, from which £1 pays for his/her equipment/van, has no need of better trains.

To make our roads safer, road policing chief Anthony Bangham has called for "drivers to be punished for going 1mph over the limit".

Sadly, he has far more objectors than supporters. If we had zero tolerance of speeding, imagine how much a man/woman, (free of the fear of being killed), could save by not having to drive, or travel by train.

Zero tolerance of speeding should be as essential to Britain’s roads, as compassion and cleanliness is to its hospitals.

In a Fair Trade world, travelling by bicycle should be as safe as travelling by car, train and plane!

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