|George Monbiot asks: “So why aren’t they happening?”
In the Guardian he described and denounced the current inefficient and polluting transport system.
“If you controlled the billions that are spent every year, privately and publicly, on the transport system, and your aim was to smooth the passage of those who use it, is this what you would do? Only if your imagination had been surgically excised.
“Even in a small, economically mature, densely-populated nation like this one, where change is easy, we’re still driving in the wrong direction.
“The simplest, cheapest and healthiest solution to congestion is blocked by the failure to provide safe transit. Last year the transport department crowed that it could cut £23m from its budget, as a result of an “underspend on the Cycle Cities Ambition budget”. Instead of handing this money back to the Treasury, it should have discovered why it wasn’t spent and ensured that it doesn’t happen again”.
So here’s a novel idea: how about a 21st Century transport system for the 21st Century? Here is a summary of the excellent constructive advice he gave:
What is difficult about any of this? What technological barriers stand in the way? None. Transport is among the simplest of our problems to solve.
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