Driverless cars – really?

An interesting article by Christian Wolmar, former transport correspondent of ‘The Independent’ and former Labour candidate in south London. It concerns self driving cars – and I have to say I cannot disagree with any of it. Addison Lee, a London minicab company, has effectively spotted an opportunity and now say they are going to… Read more

Are we anywhere near there yet?

James Bloodworth, the incisive author of  ‘Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain‘ has turned his attention to buses in  a blog. He is, it turns out, a Somerset boy, so his piece concentrates particularly on buses in Somerset, such as they are. Yet rural bus services ­– much like rural postal services – are… Read more

Fresh Goods and The UK

Introduction This article provides data on the volume of imports of perishable goods into the UK from the EU. The issue is a hot topic at the moment in terms of imports into and exports out of the UK and the impact new customs clearance systems might have on how quickly such goods might be… Read more

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