My point in my last paragraph is that the privatisation of public transport has failed spectacularly – you only have to look at the total lack of competition amongst the bus companies, where companies like Stagecoach dominate to realise that the attempt to improve services and choice for consumers has failed. Rail has also been an almost total failure too, with franchises being taken away from some companies and the company set up to look after the rail infrastructure, railtrack failing back in 2002.
What the UK government needs to do is nationalise public transport and put it at the forefront of the so-called “green future” that our politicians continue to harp on about.
Traffic levels in many cities and motorway stretches are a major problem, and must cause absolute misery for millions of people stuck in them, yet a viable public run alternative just isn’t available.
You mention that transport is a “personal choice” and yes I agree to a large extent it is, however the current situation is a lose/lose for the people of Britain. We have car owners and roads under strain from taxes and the sheer volume placed on them, yet a creaking, run down public transport infrastructure.
I firmly believe that for many people public transport would work – if the service was efficient, clean, and competitively priced.