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From World Streets today: UK High Speed Rail: Going very fast in the wrong direction

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  • eric britton
    UK High Speed Rail: Going very fast in the wrong direction
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 8, 2011
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      UK High Speed Rail: Going very fast in the wrong direction

       

      In the field of transport, no matter how straight-forward the issues may seem to be to the busy citizen, merchant, reporter or policy maker, when it comes to making wise policy it really does take a certain level of time and attention to come to grips with the underlying issues and priorities that shape the outcomes. The big problem encumbering the mobility issues of our new century is that just about everything turns out upon study to be unobligingly complex, interdependent, complicated and time lagged – no matter how simple it may appear to be on the surface. In the article that follows, the principle author, John Whitelegg, has a go at a lot of the too-easy thinking that is the main currency of the High Speed Rail discussions in places like Britain and the US, where the only experience with these technologies and operations has been that of a time-lagged dream machine. Let’s embrace a bit of complexity here.

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