I was very disappointed to see that the NCE 500 (NCE 11 November) voted overwhelmingly that they would not support an increase in rail fares if it was linked to safety improvements.
My sister lives in Japan and I emailed her a copy of the NCE article on the recent Japanese Bullet train derailment. The article stated that the train was travelling at 200km/h when an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale occurred. The first and last carriages were derailed but no one was killed or seriously injured.
The article also went on to say that this was the first derailment in the bullet train's 40 year history.
My sister's comment was that it all comes down to the amount of money the country is willing to put into infrastructure - travel in Japan is expensive but Japanese culture insists on giving safety a high priority.
Look at the result!
I think we need to reconsider our position.
Anne Marie Conibear, Dublin, aconibear@jbbarry. ie