Tarmac the Railways & Get Britain Moving Fast
|CITY CENTRE TO CITY CENTRE. RAILWAYS ARE EMPTY |
90% OF THE TIME - SO CONVERT FOR BUSES & LORRIES
Addison-Lee, the civil-disobedience London mini-cab taxi firm, are economically correct in demanding access to bus-lanes. It is barmy to build and maintain, say, a three lane road and close off one-third of it. In old towns and cities with narrow streets, bus lanes are doubly barmy, as they shut-down half the network; this creates gridlock; as in Oxford UK, on the London Road, where many millions have been spent over the past 5 years on traffic management - including bus-lanes - resulting in daily gridlock.
No accountant ever meant to be an accountant - but I reluctantly accept that I am a long experienced professional bean counter (and Futurist) with a natural inclination to count and to try to be balanced - neutral politically - when counting. I have professionally studied the real costs of transport systems for decades.
|IF TRAINS ARE ALWAYS FULL, THEY ARE EFFICIENT.|
IF NOT - THEY ARE TRANSPORT DINOSUARS.
These ideas were formed before the 2008 FOODTUBES Project (Google it) to take 50% of vans and lorries off the streets.
In a powered vehicle study for New Zealand, we found that in money and pollution terms per passenger mile, trains are the worst (because they are so damned heavy, often empty and need exclusive routes), one-person cars, buses next, and the most efficient are cars with two or more people. Best of all - the purpose of the study - stop commuting and work at home by computer.
Will London's Mayor Boris Johnson, head of Transport for London (TfL) support Addison-Lee - and go on to tarmac the railways?