London, like Jakarta, is densely populated and heavily congested. This is a nice example of policy borrowing - let's see what works elsewhere and then adopt. There is nothing like an outright ban to encourage modal switch, but at what cost? Could this be London's next sustainable transport policy?
An argument for privatisation is that the nature of competitive markets force firms to be more efficient resulting in higher levels of customer service and lower prices for consumers as firms seek to minimise costs. 36,000 cancellations and 5,808 train failures since 2012 for just ONE franchise seem to suggest that the reality is somewhat different. Perhaps the £170m infrastructure investment by Network Rail (partly funded by the taxpayer) will help.
Labour pledge to improve bus services outside of the capital. Remember bus journeys outside of London have fallen since deregulation in the 1980s. Will Labour's plan reverse this trend? Unsurprisingly, Stagecoach Chief Exec does not think so.
London taxi drivers are the new London Underground drivers – going on strike over new technology. Up to 12,000 cabbies are expected to strike tomorrow. The new technology in this instance is a humble smartphone app called Uber. The app uses GPS to calculate the time a journey has taken and the distance a driver [...]
Adam Dean's insight:
Nice article looking at how a new smartphone app increases contestability in the taxi market. London taxi drivers are protected by legal barriers to entry - this can lead to monopolistic behaviour, including high prices. Uber threatens the luxury of such barriers, hence the strike action.
A desire named streetcar A TINY scarlet hut on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Thelma’s Kitchen and Rib Shack, serves up world-beating catfish and grits. Demand for its...
Adam Dean's insight:
Short, but very insightful piece, on the wider benefits of public sector investment in transport infrastructure. Social benefits include increased social mobility, local multiplier effects, and reduced congestion. All part of a wider sustainable and integrated transport policy.
We are seeing an increasing trend in successful state run operations competing against private firms in once nationalised industries. National or local government run operations are now controlling water supplies in parts of continental Europe, here the East Coast continues to perform well after a private operator failed to deliver. Excellent example to include in any rail privatisation essay that may appear in F584.
Chancellor George Osborne has told an audience in Manchester that an upgraded, high-speed link between the city and Leeds should be considered as part of the review of the second phase of the HS2 project
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