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7 minutes ago, John Wright said:

No. They were taken down long after government acquired the track bed and rolling stock. The one in Foxdale and the one on the St John’s to Peel road were taken down to widen/straighten the road and remove  the height restriction.

I suspect others went because the cost of removal was less than ongoing maintenance costs and to remove the Health & Safety risk.

Not entirely correct John, land and buildings  were sold to the government around 1973, the track, four bridges ( I assume the Glen Wyllin & Glen Mooar viaducts, Basket bridge in Sulby and I guess the viaduct on the Foxdale line at St Johns)  and any stock on them were sold by IMR as part of the scrap deal to Millen Metals of Belfast at around the same time. It all seemed to end up very messily though.

The government then bought back stretches of the rail  back from the scrappers to use on the MER.

You are right about the bridges in Foxdale and over main road to Peel though

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3 hours ago, Roger Mexico said:

Given the state of a lot of the footpaths, you'd think that would be a higher priority, but we seem to be trapped in an endless cycle of millions being available for capital projects but nothing for maintenance.  

There seems to be an implant in the brains of twats like Black, Robinson, Reynolds (I know she’s not directly involved in this spending orgy, but she has Form), that tells them Capital isn’t real money, and you can fritter it away, without consequences. Sadly, the Treasury seem to agree. As we’ve already seen, Baker is far too weak to stand up to them.

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2 hours ago, Max Power said:

Isn't part of the project reinstating the pathways? 

What about the parts of the route that farmers have annexed into the adjoining lands, where applicable? Will DOI just walk in and reclaim? Could they, without a battle?

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I'm not sure I would want to employ someone who has cycled from KM to Dlas!!! They'd be knackered surely???

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it's only about 18miles - as a teenager I regularly did 35mile round trip in the summer evenings after finishing any homework and tho a good bike by the standards of the late 50's it wasn't the same as today's lightweight machines. The real problem is that modern traffic levels and cycling don't mix well on narrow roads so any approach to separate them should be encouraged. However I suspect you have to be a real enthusiast to do the journey on a wet winter morning or evening in the dark.

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I’ve certainly commented elsewhere, however pointless and utterly futile it is.

From the start, I am sure that any of us could find £1.3 m of worthwhile and pressing repairs and improvements on a number of routes throughout the Island. I cannot see this will be spent on island either - more likely a specialist bridge construction company with prefabricated units shipped in. 

I am reliably informed that Health currently has no money to buy components for hip and knee replacements, so all that surgery work is now on hold until the next Financial year.

We also have Education being told there is ‘no money’, when quite clearly there is. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a lovely initiative, but was for a time when we were awash with cash. Any expenditure at the moment should be an absolute ‘must do’ as opposed to ‘nice to do’. This seems to be completely lost on this administration. And this revenue versus capital argument is fine, but there is a much more pressing need for capital expenditure elsewhere than a couple of bridges in the middle of nowhere which might, on average, be utilized by a couple of dozen people a week. 

These are the sort of things that continue to upset me about the way this island is run. Doubtless one of the worthies will be along in a minute with the ‘bloody English/ we like it like this/ boat in the morning address’, but we need to break this cycle of spaff and maladministration if there is to be any hope for a viable and prosperous Island for future generations.

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Should give the Army Engineers the million and get them to do it as a training exercise. Not quite to the spec of getting a tank across but something close. Should have done it with the Laxey bridge too. Would have been done in 2 days.

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The Internet shows the IoM GDP per capita as double that of the UK - it as  at about the same level as Switzerland.

But it's all just numbers.

 

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3 hours ago, monasqueen said:

If they.re spending all that for cyclists, then they should be taxing bikes and/or lycra to help pay for it.

If you read the story properly, you'll find it's not just for cyclists.

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6 minutes ago, Neil Down said:

If you read the story properly, you'll find it's not just for cyclists.

Horses as well I think and maybe their carriages from facebook posts. It might be me but surely the proposed compacted surface they are planning will be churned up by horses.

I wonder if Sustrans are involved and if they are, are they receiving any fees?.

Perhaps they could run the horse trams along it.

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3 hours ago, Derek Flint said:

I am reliably informed that Health currently has no money to buy components for hip and knee replacements, so all that surgery work is now on hold until the next Financial year.

Utter garbage. I did one yesterday. 

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13 minutes ago, wrighty said:

Utter garbage. I did one yesterday. 

Recycled from the crem:ph34r:

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18 minutes ago, wrighty said:

Utter garbage. I did one yesterday. 

Flinty showing his arse. FFS Derek, get a grip. You should know better.

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Couldn't we retrofit one of the flumes that didn't fit the NSC as a crossing for one of the bridges? Enter Kirk Michael via the 'Super Vortexxxx'.

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