I spent the evening listening to two proactive Plaid Cymru Councillors discuss railways and our use of cars. Cllr Mark Strong from Aberystwyth and Cllr Rob Phillips from Lampeter elequontly conveyed ideas on how the rail system can be used to deal with the after effects of climate change and life in a post peak oil world. In a rural area we still need cars but railway investment like the Waverley Rail Project offer possible alternatives. Currently a new rail project has to provide government with a financial return yet investment in road projects requires no return. Anomalies like this are built into the system and a return to the age of rail as a means of mitigating the effects of climate change is not possible without major changes of policy and public opinion.