Congestion Charging is all the rage

One of the main debates at the moment is how to solve the problem of traffic congestion. There has been a petition on the Downing Street website demanding that the Government scraps the idea of taxing cars per mile of travel. 1.7 million people have signed the petition supporting this. I didn’t sign it, because I disagree. I didn’t realise I could sign to say ‘no, go ahead Government!’. Anyway, I think there’s a lot of selfishness creeping in here.

For a start, we are gradually destroying the planet through our use of carbon fuels. Now, I’m as guilty as anybody. But despite this, there are too many cars on the roads. The normal answer of building more roads is not solving the problem.

Now I know this is an old chestnut, but we used to have a brilliant transport infrastructure. It was called the railway. Then some idiot politician decided to appoint an economist to run the railways. His name was Dr Richard Beeching and he bascially shut down more than 8000 miles (12,875 km) of track and 2000 statins on the railway, and it continued even further after that. This frankly wrecked the system and forced people to use cars and lorries instead of the railway. It was considered uneconomic at the time but, boy, I wish he could have seen the real cost of shutting down so much of the railway.

So lets be big boys and admit that running down the railways was a bad idea and put a big proportion of the green taxes into expanding the railways again. we should be aiming to get everything off the roads and on to the railways, so that the only motor transport is to get from your home/office/factory to the railway station and back. And while wer’re at it, the rest of the green taxes can go into free bus/coach transport!


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