Transport needs to be removed as a politicians’ plaything, as their intervention becomes more destructive and in the end it is the passenger who suffers from their need for re-election


Avon Buses 312 (MX12 DZJ), an Alexander Dennis Enviro200, in service in Birkenhead last February. JOHN YOUNG

My title this month is a phrase that one hears more and more these days. It usually means that you are about to hear a proposal that no sane intelligent person would make, but because some out of touch and badly informed politician thinks it is a good idea, they think it is going to happen. There are the big things, such as Sadiq Khan’s destruction of the London bus network and Transport for Greater Manchester’s franchising lunacy, and there are many smaller events.

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