Potholes, neglect and the wanton vandalism of local infrastructure

No one who uses any form of road transport can have missed the appalling condition of roads in England. But here I need to add an immediate qualifier: I’m talking specifically about urban, suburban and rural roads that fall under the responsibility of local highway authorities (i.e. local councils). I’m not talking about the motorways… Read more

Bus Reregulation?

One of the most striking aspects of the Labour Party’s new bus travel proposals to give all young people under 25 free travel, is that, interestingly, they have been costed for the entirety of the UK, even though transport is devolved, because Labour seems to think that everyone will want the same proposals. I’m sure… Read more

Welcome to the future?

How interesting to see the photograph of the empty bread shelves in Asda during the recent cold weather. From some personal experience this was – remarkably – no different at Tesco who have the most sophisticated UK ordering system – indeed it may well be the best anywhere. The enormous Walmart, owners of Asda, who… Read more

Electric cars – not so fast

I have suggested before that electric cars were not quite the panacea they seem to have become for our politicians. I know President Macron said he wanted French cars all electric by 2040 (although India thinks they’ll have the same 10 years earlier). And Britain copied the French timetable. So far so aspirational. But in… Read more

Railroading?

It was encouraging news on a recent Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme when Chris Grayling (the same who, as Justice Secretary wanted to charge defendants found guilty for the cost of their court cases, itself a policy so harmfully stupid that even Michael Gove abolished it) suggested that we are going to be able to open… Read more

Châtauroux Free Buses

A short and explicit addition to the transports of delight seems appropriate. In the Val de Loire region of France where bus travel is free for all in Châtauroux – this is the transport usage graph which proves that travel will increase but it seems unlikely (confirmed in the French Vox Pop) that that this will… Read more

Rail Delivery Commitments

An organisation called the Rail Delivery Group suggested today (according to the Today Programme ) that there has never been more rail investment – with £50billion over the next 18 months. They have taken on four commitments: “Strengthening rail’s contribution to the economy” (- whatever that means?) “Improving customer satisfaction” “Boosting local communities” (- whatever… Read more

Universal Basic Services – Transports of delight?

Information and transport were two of the four flagship services proposed by the recent University College London UBS report. Having reread the report I looked at here the concept of free information through a phone or internet connection should be pretty striaghtforward to implement. Indeed when the government is providing an assured income for providers… Read more