Governments Should Spend Money on Railways
Governments should spend money on railways rather than roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
It is argued that governments should invest money in railways instead of roads. I completely agree with this point of view because railways are more environmentally friendly and also play a key role in economic activity.
Funding railways encourages green travel. Improving roads may result in an increase in private car use. However, if governments build more subway or tram lines to make it easier for people to take them to get around, more people will choose them rather than private cars as their major means of travel. This is good for the environment because subway and tram trains have a much larger capacity and therefore much lower per-capita carbon emissions than private vehicles.
In addition, railway networks are crucial for economic activity. This is because, with these networks connecting different cities and even countries, goods can be shipped fast and cost-effectively. Take, for example, the China-Europe Railway Express, which moves cargo containers from China to London in only 18 to 19 days. This is roughly half the transit time of an ocean container. And the cost is around ten times cheaper than making use of air freight. This means that goods can be delivered in time with relatively low costs from source to consumption for Black Fridays or for any other promotional activities that take place in the UK. Although road transport is also cost-effective, it cannot provide the speed that railway transport does.
In conclusion, government spending should be on railways rather than roads. For one thing, better railway services encourage eco-friendly travel and, for another, they play a big part in economic activity. (266 Words)
How to Understand “Railways” and “Roads”
The question is quite general. “Railways” might include subways, high-speed rail networks, tram lines, international trains, etc. “Roads” might include streets, highways, country roads, etc. The question asks about all types of railways and all types of roads. That is to say, you shouldn’t talk about only one type of railway in your body paragraphs. But you can definitely talk about only one type, such as subways or tram lines, in your examples.