Previous governments have been willing to ‘tell it like it is’ on public health issues like smoking, leaded petrol and drink-driving. We now need something similar on the subject of our ‘driving habit’.
The war in Ukraine has already shaken the world order to its foundations, and we still don’t know just how far further the consequences may go.
The National Transport Model drives decision-making in a number of important ways - but greater scrutiny and some new thinking is required - if it’s to properly support good transport policy and investment outcomes.
Holding two contradictory positions at the same time is a common characteristic of individual people. But it becomes a much bigger issue when the positions are held by Governments, or Government agencies.
Steve Melia raises a potentially significant dimension by questioning whether the ‘transport experts’ are actually thinking consistently and logically.
Arman Farahmand-Razavi offers his personal reflections on a forum that embraced the big issues of our time, and how it has reminded him of past gatherings of the sector’s leading thinkers.
History tells us that we very often just cannot see what is going to change our world, and our lives.
As we re-appear in a new format, after a summer break, the obvious need for a carefully curated and structured fortnightly take on UK transport has been clearer than ever.
Some of the worst mistakes in transport investment have been supported by huge volumes of forecasts, surveys and studies, confidently published with little recognition of their inconsistencies and errors.