June 01, 2002

June news stories

Patrick Crozier |

30 June
Bid to derail Flying Scotsman - one of these days someone is going to get killed
Sixsmith in Whitehall TV show row - the dying embers
Stoking up the great Railtrack engine to the tune of £21 billion - points out that the solution is worse than the problem
Now Cook is set to quit RMT
RMT boss wants to force Prescott out of his home
Government vetoes railway pay offer
PPP plan for Tube 'would risk repeat of Railtrack'
Crash overshadows gains in rail safety
29 June
Rum and Ribena woman jailed for jet uproar
Jail for railway pickpocket who stole £30,000
Confusion reigns on status of Network Rail
State bodies go to war over funding for Network Rail plus Graphic
28 June
Will rail passengers benefit?
Fiasco over Railtrack costs £21bn
Most drivers break speed limits
Rail debt is not stopping here - Patience Wheatcroft
On old sleepers - Times Editorial
27 June
Railtrack reinvents itself
Q&A: What future for New Railtrack?
How do you relaunch the railways?
Prescott quits rail union
26 June
'Spads' not the only railway danger
The true cost of railway safety - actually these are both rather old stories which I encountered while surfing the net.25 June
Amtrak faces Wednesday shutdown
Politicians hold key to Amtrak rescue
Removing signals 'would make roads safer'
UK transport plan has '£15bn hole'
'Crisis over' for Virgin train services
Rail union 'to cut cash to Labour'
Outrage as drink driver's sentence cut
Tube drivers pass red signals
24 June
Delays after closure on District line
Teenager loses limbs in train accident
Rail crisis turned into BBC drama
Railtrack deal delayed
Network Rail to get access to billions
Shareholders face further delay in Railtrack payout
New bid to police trains
23 June
The Comet still provides good service
Muggers jailed for rail raids 'orgy'
Railways may need extra £10bn
The reluctant middle-class militant - a Railtrack shareholder sues
21 June
Vandals' bid to kill train driver
Rail worker killed by train
Eurostar's symbol of a distant dream suggests railways are on the wrong track
Airport staff strike threat 'receding' after union talks
Europe's troubled skies
Jets miss by seconds as air traffic system fails
Livingstone waits for results of Tube hearing
19 June
Air travel hit by strike chaos
Speed camera rules 'will cause deaths'
Air controller's safety row with budget airlines
Ryanair accused of putting pressure on pilots
Complaint on safety is loony, says Ryanair
Irish aviation authority satisfied with record of airline
How Ryanair puts its passengers in their place
BA slashes fares in low-cost battle
Travellers' tales
Cheap fare tips
Cheapest tickets are a rare find
MPs call for 20mph speed limit
Rail services face disruption
Women 'save the Tube'
17 June
Budget airlines pilots 'cut corners'
Disruption as freight train derails
'Excessive' heat brings rail chaos
M25 'needs tolls to stop jams'
Railtrack tax deal to cost a further £150m
16 June
Rail industry raps 10-year transport plan
Drivers face new onslaught of road bumps and speed cameras
Serious flying incidents over Britain have doubled
15 June
Potters Bar police hunt rail workers
Rural lane limit should be 40mph, say MPs
'No Heathrow in Essex'
Driver forgets half his train
14 June
Railtrack set for takeover deal
Air control safety complaints soar
Congestion charges in the South East - letters in the Times
Another air traffic alarm
13 June
Jambusters eye cellphones
Darling to meet Paddington survivors
Air traffic workload 'threatening safety'
Rail regulation plan scrapped
Power to the car poolers
Whips attempt to 'silence' key critic Dunwoody
Summer strikes spell chaos for airline passengers
Rail safety trainer is suspended
Stansted 'to get new runway'
Mayor seeks Tube funding review
Parking law makes criminals of us all - Simon Jenkins in the Evening Standard
8-12 June
Jarvis defends work record as profit soars
Why a return to state ownership would not deliver a golden age of rail - Telegraph editorial
Labour's jammed-up thinking - another Telegraph editorial
Nuclear fuel train hits lorry on level crossing
Chain of contracting out on railways
Tolls to tackle M25 jams - report
Potters Bar victim demands full inquiry
Big profits rise for Jarvis
Ryanair 'will be biggest in Europe'
Drivers without passengers may face M-way delays
DVT campaigner urges airline action
Record profits for Ryanair
Capital's motorists suspect a red plot
Exclusive: railway workers scandal
How to get a job on our railways
Are you listening, Mr Darling?
Paddington survivor: I want my files
Revealed: tricks of the traffic wardens
EU will enforce late-train refunds
Brussels to rule on £9bn Railtrack bid - EU to rule out Network Rail? I think not.
Gray paves way for airport and Borders rail links - new services in Scotland
Ryanair profits to hit record after passenger numbers soar by 45%
Still no apology from Blair over dirty tricks email
7 June
'Smear' row adviser apologises
Outrage over Labour dirty tricks email
Labour is forced to apologise over new e-mail controversy
Passengers face 13th rail strike
BAA in talks about £65m backing for air traffic control
Formerly canny Danny Corry
Airports Authority stuck on the runway
Regulators leave BAA in the air
BAA offers £65m rescue plan for Nats
Trains worse than before Hatfield
Trains late but fares still rise above inflation
America's Amtrak railway hits the buffers
The smearing of victims
Survivors group demands Blair apology
6 June
Byers apologises to crash survivors - yet more stories of dirty tricks. Unbelievable. Is it pathological I wonder to myself?
Byers apologises for 'smear' e-mail
Dirty tricks
Rail network 'still unreliable'
Still room for train improvements
Rail punctuality still poses problems
Prescott in a jam over failure to meet promise on car journeys
Prescott fails his own test
Don't shoot the messenger, says defiant Dunwoody - goodness, this story has introduced me to an entirely new experience - agreeing with Gwynneth Dunwoody
Record £12.5m fine for SWT
Women make the Tube run on time
London shows what can be done - Ken Livingstone
5 June
Several injured as train derails
A transport policy that leaves me at the wheel - Simon Jenkins
Tube rises to the occasion
4 June
Train evacuated in fire alert
Darling has at least set off on the right track - Libby Purves in the Times
Blair urged to clarify who runs transport
Rail fare discounts - whingeing
Traffic congestion - I hope I get round to posting about this. This is truly awful.
3 June
No 10 corrects Darling over Birt criticism
Darling had to move over before the disaster - he's got previous form
Darling to swap toll motorways for city charges
Darling rules out toll motorways - because there is no room. Now, I seem to remember (way back in my parliamentary researcher days) Chris Chope, then a Transport minister answering a written question about this. If I recall correctly roads cover about 1% of Britain's land mass. Room is not the problem.
Darling ditches Birt's motorway plan
'I'm ready for slings and arrows' - interview with Alistair Darling
Darling’s past as a car hater - yes, but what does he think now?
Travelling hopefully: can Darling's solutions work?
Focus: And for his next trick... - Times analyses Darling's prospects of success.
Rail fares under fire as discount is withdrawn - see High fares are good for you
The blossoming of Theresa May - ugh.
Airlines battle for control of German skies - Lufthansa first-class passengers get a complimentary chocky bar. So, that's why they're losing money.
Prestwick could get Ryanair base - it'll be interesting to see what Freedom and Whisky have to say about this.
Rail firm crippled by strike
'Ton-up' court puts brakes on by-pass speedsters
Moving forward on transport - some special pleading from Beardie.
Rail firms criticised for big fare rises
The awful truth about Mr Byers - Peter Oborne in the Spectator



November 23, 2004

'Captain commuter' wins Sydney a free day on the trains ...link
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Darling's saver ticket for slow-train Britain - he's going to do everything but close them ...link
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November 21, 2004

Tollroads Jamaican style - worth it if only for the pic of the toll plaza ...link
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November 20, 2004

Postive externalities come to DC - sort of ...link
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Railways safer than ever - says Christian Wolmar ...link
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Is graffiti art? - LFTTR think the question misses the point. FWIW I think many artists clearly have a lot of talent and it's a shame they don't have an appropriate, nay, legal outlet. ...link
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Book review - Subterranean Railway by Christian Wolmar ...link
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One airline, 4 crashes, 8 dead: the real price of sugar snap peas in November ...link
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November 17, 2004

British Transport Films Collection DVD Volume One - Surely a must for any transport afficionado. It will be released just in time for Christmas. ...link
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November 15, 2004

Crossrail website ...link
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November 11, 2004

Brake fault forces Virgin to cut speed on flagship tilting trains - you know, just for once it sounds as if the HSE could be right ...link
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November 08, 2004

TV Alert "When trains crash", 1930 Channel 5 tonight. Talk about timing ...link
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November 07, 2004

Ufton Nervet crash - 6 now confirmed dead ...link
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November 06, 2004

One person dead as train derails ...link
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November 04, 2004

FirstGroup wants to add the tracks to its trains - that's brave ...link
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November 02, 2004

Car charge to rise to £6 ...link
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October 30, 2004

Psst wanna buy a railway station? ...link
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October 26, 2004

'Kart Vader' - He tears around Quebec City at 100mph. In a go kart. At night. Wearing black. And he films it. Spotted by Jay Jardine. ...link
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October 24, 2004

The downside of auto-mobile bans - drivers text instead ...link
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Councils ban shrines to road crash victims - a story that neatly combines both transport and the issue of the day: mawkish sentimentality ...link
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October 20, 2004

The air hostess, the long hair and the sun roof - one of the more imaginative ways of staying awake at the wheel. ...link
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Wheelchair-using MP travelled in 'cattle truck' - so, that's just the same as the rest of us then ...link
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23 escape from burning train ...link
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Wikipedia accuracy under fire - so, it's back on with the Glossary? ...link
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October 19, 2004

Rail chief quits after four months - walking away from £130,000. Golly ...link
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October 14, 2004

New comment on old posting - Tim Hall explains the story of the Highland Railway, its new locos and its soon-to-be-ex-Chief Mechanical engineer ...link
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Out now: DVD version of leaves on the line ...link
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October 13, 2004

New link - Transport Watch UK. Lots of facts, lot of comparisons. Doesn't look good for rail ...link
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October 11, 2004

Take the car and save the planet - walking kills, apparently ...link
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Hybrids better than the real thing - golly ...link
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Don't invest in mega-projects - says Peter Gordon ...link
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October 05, 2004

Prescott backs plan to reopen branch rail lines - well, he says he does ...link
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October 04, 2004

New Glossary Entry - the Advanced Passenger Train ...link
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October 03, 2004

People are building their own speed cameras - One fellow is even selling fully functioning ones ...link
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Pendolinos and Voyagers may prove to be one of privatisation's disasters - says Christian Wolmar ...link
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Omedetō gozaimasu! - Tech Central Station on the 40th anniversary of the Shinkansen ...link
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October 02, 2004

Compulsory purchase to go - in US? Johnathan Pearce has some musings ...link
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October 01, 2004

Indian railway runs out of wheels - because it refuses to import ...link
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All for sprawl - Tyler Cowen links to a couple of articles including one from the NY Times magazine which is attracting a lot of attention ...link
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Underground maps as art - according to Brian ...link
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September 30, 2004

Recent comment - Uncle Roger on the difficulty in working out accurate subsidy figures ...link
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Europe by train - Tim Hall on Stephen Karlson's adventures ...link
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Carpool lanes = communist gulags - Tim Hall is beginning to get it, possibly ...link
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September 29, 2004

P&O axes 1,200 jobs as ferry travel sails into past ...link
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September 27, 2004

Hurtling towards a £7.6bn bill at full tilt - Alistair Osborne on the WCRM fiasco. Actually, I thought £7.6bn was on the low side ...link
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September 26, 2004

A double-decked shame - RJ3 laments the passing of the Routemaster. It's those EU bastards, I tell you ...link
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Tilting trains are rubbish - according to Ross Clark. Now he tells us ...link
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Delays plummet by 28% - says Network Rail ...link
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September 25, 2004

New glossary item - the Health and Safety Executive - in which I demonstrate my almost complete ignorance of this institution ...link
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Scant improvement in train times - according to latest figures ...link
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September 22, 2004

EU plan will hit safe women drivers - and it's all in the name of sex equality ...link
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Unions gang up to demand railway renationalisation - they mean it isn't already? ...link
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September 21, 2004

Top car makers support road-jam charging - Ford, GM, Honda, Daimler ...link
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Journey times cut as 125mph tilting train sets record - after £8bn and the odd bankruptcy tilting trains that actually tilt are finally here ...link
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September 18, 2004

ABD calls for environmental audit of public transport - all those particulates ...link
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Camera Partnerships must come clean on real causes of accidents - says ABD ...link
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September 16, 2004

The Green Quadratic - ASI paper on planning from 1988. Now available on-line ...link
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September 14, 2004

Up with conductors - they're really good, you know ...link
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Speeding Britons fined in car race to Spain - "Among the cars were Ferraris, Porsches and Rolls-Royces." ...link
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MPs to lose free airport parking - oh, how my heart bleeds ...link
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The case against driving licences - Paul Clark in Lew Rockwell ...link
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September 10, 2004

Drivers trade privacy for insurance discounts ...link
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September 08, 2004

Free mints infuriate delayed commuters - some even threw them away, ingrates ...link
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Privatize the roads! Liberate the streets! All we have to lose are our parking tickets! - Anthony Gregory in Lew Rockwell ...link
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M6 Toll hits 10m journey mark - er, about a month ago ...link
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September 07, 2004

California high-speed rail plan - all sorts of claims being made but Peter Gordon doesn't like the precedents ...link
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September 06, 2004

Swedish farmer fined 1,211 kronor for illegally parking a snowmobile in Warwick - Krister Nylander lives 205 north of Stockholm and has never been to Warwick. "They can wait till Hell freezes over and I can get to Britain on my snowmobile to pay the fine.” ...link
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September 05, 2004

"Obsession is not too strong a word to describe how railway enthusiasts feel about railways" - Matthew Parris goes to Peru and meets some trainspotters ...link
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September 03, 2004

Hidden costs do not justify the level of tax on petrol in Britain - says Graham Seargeant ...link
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Shovelling cash - utilities to pay for digging up roads ...link
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Alistair Morton, builder of the Channel Tunnel, is dead ...link
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Government 'willed' Railtrack to fail - says Corbett ...link
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Cyclists saddled with seafront speed trap - in Bournemouth ...link
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Historic Amsterdam tram photos Aaaah. Where's amg going to pitch up next? ...link
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Why so little US electrification? - Tim Hall ponders the answer ...link
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September 02, 2004

London Underground Map - as it really is. ...link
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Electric v steam - in 1923. But who won ...link
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Freight or passenger in the US? - they're in conflict. Stephen Karlson considers the options ...link
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September 01, 2004

Fares and charge up in London - says Livingstone ...link
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'Fair fines' planned for speeding drivers ...link
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Railtrack is cleared over Hatfield crash ...link
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August 31, 2004

Thousands 'ready to quit Aslef' - where would we be without brotherly love ...link
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August 30, 2004

Rural watchdog attacks road sign blight - See it's not just me who can't abide the avalanche of street furniture. ...link
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What the traffic will bear - Bob Poole discusses the merits of tolling ...link
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Prague trams - photos. Aaah ...link
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August 24, 2004

What if you can't drive? - Catallarchy's Sean Lynch considers the options ...link
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97% of accidents within speed limit - according to the ABD ...link
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August 22, 2004

Prosecute motorway lane hogs - says RAC ...link
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August 20, 2004

Radio tags for congestion charge? ...link
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World's longest road opens - in Russia ...link
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Sprawl is cheap - says Iain Murray ...link
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August 19, 2004

Strike threat to BA and Eurostar ...link
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Toll roads are safer - at least according to my reading of this Marginal Revolution post ...link
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Peking metro to hit 1000km mark - I'm not sure even London's is that long ...link
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August 15, 2004

Squander Two calmly talks about speed cameras ...link
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Parking anarchy in St Albans - Police withdraw traffic wardens, Herts council won't have any until October, it's bedlam! ...link
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The future of transport - as seen from the past ...link
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Trains less efficient than cars - yes, I know, it's old news ...link
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Ferry solution, please - Eamonn Butler wonders how you could introduce competition to a subsidised ferry service in the Western Isles ...link
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August 14, 2004

Drink less, speed less, save on insurance - Marginal Revolution has the story ...link
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