Tuesday, February 13, 2007

One million people can't be wrong

"Do we have enough bicycle lanes in Britain yet? No. Are we doing enough to deal with the two million cars being driven illegally? No. Is our rail network both comfortable enough and reliable enough to make one want to leave the car in the garage? No. Will road pricing be easy to install and administer? Not on your life. Even the Department of Transport's own documents admit it will cost tens of billions to install, billions to run, and that computer technology will have to be freshly installed in cars to make the whole system work.

"It might be possible — on the basis of these points alone — to persuade oneself that the Government does not yet have an air-tight case for road pricing. It certainly does not have a secure enough platform from which to dismiss the worries of a million Britons." —Andrew O'Hagan

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