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Transport: be realistic Villiers

Did anyone else let out a sigh of despondency when reading the interview with Theresa Villiers?

All very impressive, "tabling questions" and "wanting to do feasibility" but the interview could have been drafted by any of the incumbents who have held the post of transport secretary of the past decade or so.
I noticed the CV does not contain a vast array of experience in the transport planning or engineering fields. In fact judging by its content – University, the Bar and then Politics – I am not filled with confidence that the sea-change in political philosophy needed to spend the kind of sums to bring the UK's transport network up to a late 20th century standard is going to happen any time soon.

I would go as far to say that such a change in philosophy is still at least a generation away.

I hope none of my ICE colleagues were fooled by the interview. I'm willing to wager that HS2 or any other variation there of won't get beyond the feasibility stage under the new administration no matter what colour of free market liberalism is in power after the next election.

- STEVE REEVES, principal transport planner - Development Control, Hove Town Hall,

Steve.Reeves@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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