Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Access is the key to journey time

In talking about the average speed between London and Manchester, Malcolm Cox (NCE 24 July) is forgetting about access time: the time to access the main mode of travel.

For a car kept outside your house, access time is negligible and it is likely to be small at your destination. For trains, however, it can be very large, probably over an hour at each end for a journey between the suburbs of the two cities.

To achieve an average door-to-door speed of 50mph, high speed on the main leg of the journey is essential, and with very few intermediate stops.

DAVID HT SMITH, 25 Grange Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 9DG

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.