Interesting piece on the radio this am. London has reduced congestion and more people are using the bus. Why? Well the buses are still owned by London effectively; Red Ken. Outside of London no one takes the buses seriously. No suprise here to learn they are all de-regulated... the prime concern of any private company is to make money; service does suffer. It would take me 1hr 50m to travel (that's on the bus - off the bus; not door to door; not including missed or "missing" connections) the 17 miles to work on the bus. Why would I abandon my car journey of 35 mins? London shows that if you can get the public transport right people will use it (for those of us in Sheffield can you remember the 2 - 5pence bus fees? Remarkable). Put the horse before the cart.
Emily Davies, the Transport Policy Manager for the Peak District National Park, has advised me that there are "currently no plans to implement an environmental levy".
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