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The end of congestion

Congestion charges won't be needed in 2015—the oil will be running out. We must ration

By David Fleming   July 2005

So—we have been invited by the government to take part in a debate about whether it would be a good idea to set up a congestion charging scheme, monitored by satellite and covering the whole country.

Traffic congestion is a symptom of a much deeper sickness—relentless mobility, visible at any time in the day in every developed country in the rivers of steel pouring along motorways. Contrary to the claim by Rod Eddington—departing chief executive of British Airways and the government’s transport adviser—that “a more mobile world will also be a more stable world,” unlimited mobility has many perverse consequences.…

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