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IFW on September 18th , 2005

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Subject: Here! Here!

At last a sensible critical assessment of the problem. It is clear that on any truly independent assessment of the facts, that the best solution to public, private and freight transport is the ROAD.

Rail was a great Victorian invention but is fundamentally much more expensive than roads to maintain, with multiple points of failure (no pun intended) and reliance on a state-driven, unionised and monopolised provision.

On the other hand, roads offer low failure rates, multitudes of provision and less exposure to ransom from unions or companies seeking to lever yet more funds from taxpayers.

What is more, roads go where people want to get to, NOT just to the station.

A transition of the current vast landbanks from wasteful rail use to road use (and safe cyclepaths!) would massively improve the opportunities for cheap, efficient and eff ective public transport whilst freeing up space on other roads for private travel.

BUT such common sense and inventive thinking will be a difficult argument to win, not least because of the massed ranks of the so-called "sustainable transport" legions at Transport 2000 etc. One read of their review of this website and you can already see their prejudices erupting in rage. How DARE anyone contemplate alternatives to the ONE WAY (THEIR WAY). How DARE anyone shine a light on the waste, failure and greed of rail and their other crackpot schemes that have dominated transport thinking for the last 15 years and resulted in the appalling transport infrastructure Britain now enjoys.

How long before some idiots custard pie / intimidate / dig up our relatives in a bid to deny us the opportunity for open debate on this subject?


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