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Saving Lives

The highlight of this morning was going down to the University of Manchester campus to take part in an attempt to break the world CPR relay record. This involved being trained how to do CPR and then every participant doing sixty pumps in the relay itself with every change over having to be no more than five seconds. A bit of fun with very serious intent behind it and by the end of today I might even be a world record holder.

Cardio/vascular conditions are still the biggest killer in this country and its not just older people. On average twelve people aged under thirty five die each week from heart attacks. For anybody suffering a heart attack CPR within three or four minutes increases survival rates by 50%. Also had a chat with NW Ambulance service who are trying to map every defibrillator across the region, so if you've got one let them know.

Before that I went to a Low Carbon Literacy breakfast at Druckers in the Arndale Centre. The attendees were a group of senior managers/executives from a range of organisations and the discussion was all about what our own organisations can do to reduce their carbon footprint. An important part of Manchester's Climate Change Action Plan is the recognition that all of us can do something to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and if we don't, the city will not meet its reduction target.

Later in the morning, Jim McMahon ( Leader of Oldham but wearing his GMCA Transport portfolio holder hat ) and myself ( wearing my Association of Northern Transport Authorities hat ) met with Andrew Gwynne MP along with a couple of his constituents who are looking to establish new rail services running from Stockport through South Reddish and Denton and then through Victoria Station. Currently these stations have one service a week running in one direction only, not very useful, and the areas around are generally poorly served by public transport. Consensus was a decent rail service was a really good idea and Network Rail will now do a little bit of work to confirm the technical feasibility before we move on to see if it is possible to commission the services.

There is one response to “Saving Lives”

  1. Guy-S Says:

    The one train a week keeping the line open is often, but wrongly, referred to as a ‘’Parliament train’’.
    The only thing stopping the closure of the line is the cost of closure to the rail company, a extra cost introduced by an act of parliament. Private rail companies would have happily flogged of the land on all but the most profitable lines had this act not have been in place. It’s cheaper to run a once a week service than close the line.
    The Parliament trains where in fact the most basic of carriages, open topped 3rd class and slow, but cheap. Railway companies were forced by Parliament to introduce these services, hence Parliament trains, so working men and women could be shipped into cities to work in the mills and factories.
    This was sold to the ‘’working poor’’ as employment and opportunity. When in fact it was a road to virtual slavery, slums, an early death decease and misery at the hands of the Victorian mill owners, with their view that working poverty was a necessary part of a successful economy. Ring any bells!
    So who really wants HS2? And why? Opportunity for whom?
    I wanted to write this response not because I am for or against this particular railway line being reopened, but because large amounts of public money may be, or are already being spent. There has to be balance in public expenditure and long term prosperity so who’s paying for the consultants and do the food banks have enough food this week? Just another view worth thinking about.



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