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?
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!