A while back the local paper published news of an innovative solution to bank holiday gridlock in the Lakes. Reaction was split; some said the Windermere cable car bid was a ‘pie in the sky’ idea while others welcomed it as a major step forward for a tourist hub heaving under the weight of trafi c in peak season. This poem is a sonnet to the cable car and the blue sky thinkers behind it.
Blue Sky Thinking
The car free revolution has begun
with plans to tackle holiday gridlocks
by lifting Sawrey tourists to the sun
and thinking outside of the transport box.
Not pie in the sky but cable in cloud
cooked up on high by the planners who fear
decline in visitors to Lakeland towns
unless joined up thinking begins right here.
Radical, radial green solution
beei ng up our World Class Heritage bid
relieving peak problems of pollution
a high fl ying, Swiss styling Hilltop grid.
But are we brave enough to fill the gap
in our clouds, and redraw our transport map?