Surprise!!! For my whole life I have heard governments urging more people to use public transport and with not a lot due to the present goverment, they are. Surprise!!! government. Yes, you are surprised and have been caught with your red and green flags around your ankles.
The government has reacted to overcrowding on our peak trains by ordering more. Good idea. But they won't arrive until 2009 which does nothing for the present situation. It has become so serious that a temporary timetable is to be introduced.
How reactive is this and how much better it would if the government was proactive.
So, instead of ordering trains that can't be delivered until 2009 to deal with the overcrowding, how about doubling the order? By 2009, I expect the ordered trains won't be enough to deal with the numbers.
Surely it is like freeways. Build an urban freeway and the cars will come. Proven all around the world. Also proven, build a first class urban public transport system, and the people will come.
I am astonished at my cleverness and wonder why I don't get paid for it.