Given that there was a fire on a Transrapid train in Shanghai in August, and 23 died in a Transrapid accident in Germany last month is it cheeky to suggest that the statement made by Ultraspeed’s Alan James (Feature, 24 April) that the maglev train system is ‘inherently safe’ is simplistic?
Why not spend the £29bn on nuclear-power stations (that will kill fewer people for a start) to power a new generation of non-fossil fuelled cars?
Trains will only ever go to stations — cars take you and your luggage to where you want to be.
Robin Herrick, Caithness
Thank you for your timely observation about maglev safety, which we address in Viewpoint.