Despite my career in motor industry public relations, I have an open mind to transportation issues. I believe travel broadens the mind – and have benefited from the opportunities experienced as a child and an adult, by using public and personal transport. It saddens me that proposals supposedly aiming at cutting congestion or pollution inevitably present an argument that will restrict travel only to the richest or those with the time and masochistic tendencies required to endure tortures of public transport (such as my 70 minutes perched on the luggage rack coming home from London to Salisbury last Friday for return ticket price of £56).
George Monbiot’s view on coach travel is well worth a read for an alternative perspective on public transport and roads – some interesting ideas here. I am not sure that such public transport options could lead to a “serious dent in car sales” – but they may certainly help in removing unnecessary car journeys and offering more choice beyond the overstuffed trains. The coach can also be more flexible in routes – but the safety aspects (such as lack of seat belts) need to be considered.