Do your fellow Brits a favour. Stop going on holiday | Simon Jenkins
We’re addicted to travel, and the government is our pusher, tempting us into ever more hellish journeys
I’m in a hurry. You’re in my way. They are bloody tourists. My journey is vital, yours discretionary and theirs absurdly unnecessary. Transport policy has always been the orchestration of selfishness. This coming week, travel to Europe’s most popular air destinations will apparently be hell. “Security” will mean hours of queues at immigration, though the delays seem curiously aimed at non-Schengen nationals, notably the British, in a foretaste of hard Brexit to come.
Meanwhile, staycationers must face the torment of holiday roadworks on a motorway network where average speeds are falling and traffic is up 18% on 20 years ago, with minimal rise in capacity. Average speed on the M25 is now down to 25mph and on the M4 to 30mph. That is no motorway.
Transport policy is becoming like the cornucopia of absurdity that is energy policy
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Source: Guardian Transport
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