Monthly Archives: May 2013
Scenes like this are repeated ad infinitum up and down the land.
“A Commons committee says the £33bn earmarked for HS2 will be a waste of money. The transport secretary says nonsense, we must compete with other countries. I’m just back from Manchester where a fast Pendolino train arrived on time, but … Continue reading
What does HS2 have in common with the congestion charge? It will cost the earth, and it is being imposed before traffic system reform has even been tried. Cars are uniquely convenient, allowing you to visit multiple destinations at times of your choosing. … Continue reading
In banking and consumer affairs, regulation may be necessary, because self-interest is driven by profit. On the roads, regulation is counterproductive. Why? Because self-interest = the common interest. My interest in not hitting you mirrors your interest in not hitting … Continue reading
A few years ago, the Guardian ran an editorial against me in praise of traffic lights. Are they beginning to see the light? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/09/in-praise-of-poynton-intersection “ … the doubters have been confounded” – this links to a piece in a local paper … Continue reading
On 8 May 2013, before the start of a conference organised by PACTS (government road safety advisory council) for the UN’s Decade of Action, I met transport minister, Patrick McLoughlin. What did he think of Poynton? He looked blank. I … Continue reading