Category Archives: Transport

The Tesla bubble

Markets are prone to bubbles as the herd instinct takes over from cool common sense. This is not a new phenomenon – witness the South Sea bubble in the early 18th Century, and the even earlier Tulip Mania in the … Continue reading

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Transports of delight

‘Transports of delight’ will remind those UK readers of mature years of the London buses lauded in the Flanders and Swann song (others may find it meaningless, for which I apologise). In the 1950s, when the song was written, public … Continue reading

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Why do people think hydrogen-powered cars are sustainable?

A decade or so ago, cars of the future were to be electric, powered either by batteries or by fuel cells, using hydrogen. Major car manufacturers produced hydrogen-fuelled demonstration models, some hydrogen-powered buses were put into service and a handful … Continue reading

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Health, safety and unintended consequences

As average life expectancy continues to increase and everyday life for most people in the developed world is safer than it has ever been, the pressure to eliminate remaining hazards has not abated. Now that infectious diseases are no longer … Continue reading

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Diesel, fuel of the future

A decade ago, we were all being encouraged to buy diesel cars to reduce CO2 emissions. More recently, reports of the health toll caused by urban air pollution – much of it down to older generations of diesel engines – … Continue reading

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Transport priorities

Two major UK travel infrastructure projects are slowly edging towards realisation. One is HS2, which is looking increasingly like an extremely expensive way to add extra capacity on the West Coast mainline, affordable only to business travellers; the other is … Continue reading

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