The Trans­port Sec­re­tary Pa­trick McLough­lin him­self ad­mits: “There’s noth­ing more con­gest­ing and pol­lut­ing than traf­fic jams.” So what if there was a cheaper so­lu­tion, like some kind of ‘magic’ ve­hi­cle that doesn’t cre­ate or get stuck in traf­fic jams?

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down them. If this pace of trans­port is good enough for main­land Europe, then surely we can make it work here?

All you need then are some new trans­port hubs that ef­fi­ciently han­dle dis­tri­bu­tion of goods around the coun­try be­fore trucks carry them the last few lo­cal miles. This is cer­tainly prefer­able to hav­ing thou­sands of lor­ries spew­ing out of fer­ries ev­ery day, em­bark­ing on coun­try­wide treks.

The other is­sues of in­creased traf­fic on larger roads are en­vi­ron­men­tal. Else­where in the Kick­start sec­tion you can see the news that Trans­port for Lon­don is try­ing to com­bat this by con­sid­er­ing charg­ing more for driv­ing (or rid­ing) into the city, but is this re­ally the an­swer?

McLough­lin him­self ad­mits: “There’s noth­ing more con­gest­ing and pol­lut­ing than traf­fic jams.” So what if there­was a cheaper so­lu­tion, like find­ing some kind of ‘magic’ ve­hi­cle that doesn’t cre­ate or get stuck in traf­fic jams? Hmmm, such a ve­hi­cle wouldbe smaller than a car or van, may­beapow­ered two wheeler, you know, like­abi­cy­cle­but with an en­gine. A ‘mo­tor cy­cle’ maybe?

Surely it would cost the Gov­ern­ment very lit­tle to en­cour­age peo­ple onto two wheels rather than make it pro­gres­sively harder and more re­stric­tive to pass their bike test? There are plenty of man­u­fac­tur­ers and shops al­ready es­tab­lished that would rel­ish the ex­tra busi­ness, and of course there are a num­ber of mo­tor­cy­cle and scooter pub­li­ca­tions more than happy to ad­vise new rid­ers what to buy!

All the Gov­ern­ment would have to do is per­suade lo­cal coun­cils to cre­ate more free se­cure bik­ing park­ing spa­ces for us, make sure that traf­fic-bust­ing PTWs are ex­cluded from any con­ges­tion charg­ing or emis­sion re­straints (af­ter all, we fil­ter though traf­fic rather than sit sta­tion­ary for hours belch­ing out ob­nox­ious fumes), and maybe in­crease their ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign mak­ing other road users more aware of those of us on two-wheels.

And if they’ve got any of the £15 bil­lion left, maybe fill in some of those bloody pot­holes that mak­ing rid­ing on roads even more danger­ous than they cur­rently are!

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