The independence train to better transport

On a day when the much derided (but should never have been removed in the first place) tram system costing £1 billion was opened in Edinburgh, in a week when we are told that Scotland couldn’t possibly afford the (highly questionable figure of ) £1.5 billion it might take to create new government departments, please read this excellent low-down on the nasty state of public (private) transport in Scotland.

And then take a read of http://derekbateman.co.uk/2014/05/31/queen-street-to-bangalore/

Wee Ginger Dug

Derek Bateman has been having a wee bit of a moan today about the general crappiness of Scottish public transport. He makes some very good points, public transport in the United Kingdom still suffers from the Thatcher effect. Maggie reputedly considered that if you were still taking the bus by the time you were 30, you were a failure in life. Maggie’s policies condemned generations to sit at the back of the UK bus. The UK has been following her failure for over 30 years.

Although the quote didn’t actually originate with Thatcher, it’s a fair assessment of the attitude of successive UK governments towards public transport – which whether Tory or Labour only consider investment in public transport to be desirable if it benefits business travellers. They’re not interested in the needs of a single parent who only wants to get to Asda. Our transport policy is decided by…

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About Hugh Wallace

Soldier, sailor, policeman, engineer, scientist, democrat, socialist, environmentalist, advocate of Scottish Independence
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