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Train, planes and automobiles: A right mess for British transport

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 International Herald Tribune

“They have been seduced by models that appear to give you a lot of infrastructure on the cheap,” said Stephen Glaister, professor of transport and infrastructure at Imperial College of London. “And of course they dont.”

He used to be at LSE when I was. Great bloke. Good economist. He is talking about privatisation. Or, as it is called here P3.

Let me summarise – it didn’t work.

Written by Stephen Rees

August 1, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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  1. Nothing much to add really; cept that I didn’t want you to think we’re not here due to lack of comments.
    PS: Have yet to hear back from our friends at Skytrain about putting in a Wi-Fi network on the trains. Somehow I don’t think I ever will.


    August 2, 2007 at 11:18 pm

  2. There were 98 ‘views’ yesterday (WordPress provides blogstats) so the lack of comments is not a great concern. I always take silence as consent.

    The IHT is not known as a hotbed of lefties, so their view of P3s is hardly driven by an ideological predisposition.

    Stephen Rees

    August 3, 2007 at 7:22 am

  3. Some day I’d like to see a graph of where all the Brit papers lie.
    Double entendres welcomed.

    I’d just like to thank you Stephen for providing what I consider a great (and topical) resource for urban planners and transit users.


    August 3, 2007 at 6:08 pm

  4. IHT is, of course, an American paper. Just about every British paper is to the right of centre with the exception of The Guardian. However, since “New Labour” is also right of centre as a way of hanging on to power it is harder to judge precisely where their sympathies lie. The Daily Mail and the Telegraph are as far right as possible. The Times and the Independent are more moderate. The Mirror used to be left and now isn’t, and the Sun seems to support New Labour – although actually the Sun reader doesn’t actually care and only buys it for the girl on page 3.

    I would like to thank you for reading and providing me with a reason to keep blogging

    Stephen Rees

    August 3, 2007 at 9:35 pm

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