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The government is promising a technological revolution—is it up to the job?

By Steve Bloomfield   May 2019

Chris Grayling, our controversial transport secretary, is the eighth in just 12 years. Photo REX/Shutterstock

Anyone who has recently travelled on the perversely-named Pacers—a rickety bus-on-rails that is still used to ferry people between Liverpool and Manchester (when it’s not cancelled, of course)—might raise an eyebrow at the idea of the Department for Transport (DfT) embracing new technology. But, as the transport minister Jesse Norman explains, a “complex wave of new technologies” could genuinely change the way we travel.

The good news is that transport is one of the…

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