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Germany has just announced UNLIMITED public transport anywhere in the country will cost just £1.40 PER DAY. Officials say the policy is aimed at cutting CO2 emissions and helping with the cost of living. Anyone else think our government should do something similar? Greenpeace tweet 4th November 2022
Executive Order #10999 allows the government to take over all forms of transportation. Executive Order cited America: Freedom to Fascism, 2006
I’ve been asked to formulate and develop a national transport policy by the prime minister. Yes, Minister: The Bed of Nails s3e5, Jim to Sir Humphrey, with Bernard, BBC 1982
He [Da Vinci] designed machines for transportation and warfare. Alan Yentob, Leonardo: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything, BBC 2011
In 1933 intense public demand to make the system simpler led parliament to create a new body bringing all the different private companies together: London Transport. The Tube: An Underground History, BBC 2013
Those early civil engineers who built the Leeds and Liverpool Canal helped to revolutionise transport in Britain. They made cheap travel across the Pennines possible, and laid the foundations for the Industrial Age. They helped turn Britain into the Workshop of the World in the Victorian Age. Fred Dibnah’s Building of Modern Britain: Building the Canals, BBC 2002
The canals were like the arteries of the Industrial Revolution. They helped to provide cheaper goods and raw materials. Fred Dibnah’s World of Steam, Steel and Stone: Changing the Landscape, BBC 2006
The most famous airport in the world. The busiest international airport on the planet ... The world’s busiest crossroads: Heathrow. Rory McGrath’s Industrial Revelations s5e6: Best of British Engineering: Transport Networks, Discovery 2008
Soon an extraordinary canal network, the most extensive in the world, fanned out creating a new industrial Britain. ibid.
The golden age of canals was short-lived. By the mid-nineteenth century a new invention had revolutionised transport: the steam engine. ibid.
They are some of the most advanced and heavily protected vehicles ever built operated by technicians prepared for the worst. America’s Book of Secrets: Presidential Transports s1e7, History 2012
The helicopter is transported overseas on every trip made by the president. ibid.
We live over the shop so I sleep and wake to the sound of the trams. Alan Bennett, Leeds Trams
Buses had never inspired the same affection ... Trams were bare and bony, transport reduced to its basic elements. ibid.
I knew at the time it was a mistake, just as Beeching was a mistake, and that Life was starting to get nastier. ibid.
In the long reign of a single Queen, Britain changed the world and was itself utterly transformed. Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837; by the time she died in 1901 we had built the modern world. It was a time of outstanding engineering, remarkable innovation, all of it driven by ambitious pioneers. It shaped the country we live in today. Michael Buerk, How the Victorians Built Britain s1e1, Channel 5 2018
A radical new transport system was carved out of London – how engineers wrestled to run steam trains underground. ibid.
A new rival vehicle came to London … The rails that carried the trams were slightly raised above the roads. Everything changed in 1868: a company in Liverpool obtained a local act to introduce tram lines to their city … A horsedrawn tram could pull up to fifty passengers. ibid.
On 19th December 2003 the failings of Britain’s transport system were exposed as never before. Decades of neglect led to a day of disaster. The Day Britain Stopped, BBC 2003
‘I really believe there’s no way we could have foreseen a chain reaction.’ ibid. official
The collapse of Britain’s entire transport system. ibid.
It will take an unlikely alliance with a dangerous predator, devastating floods, a nineteenth century publicity stunt, an avalanche of horse manure, exploding cannons and a trip to the slaughterhouse to get the ultimate freedom machine – the car. Jim Al-Khalili, Revolutions: The Ideas that Changed the World II: Car, BBC 2019
Today around 1.2 billion automobiles transport us from place to place on some 32 billion kilometres of road. ibid.
Dogs were humankind’s first engine. ibid.
Horse-powered vehicles dominated transportation for the next five thousand years. ibid.
Thomas Newcomen: An engine that harnessed a new type of power – steam. ibid.
But building a piston that fits so precisely within a cylinder that could contain that steam under high pressure was really tricky for eighteenth century engineers. ibid.
In 1886 German inventor and engineer Karl Benz had his patent accepted for what is regarded as the world’s first automobile. ibid.
A must-have play-thing for the rich and famous. ibid.
By 1900 one third of all cars were powered by electricity. ibid.
Ford’s second revolution was to mass-produce the parts. ibid.
The car has revolutionised almost every aspect of our lives and it’s reshaped our world. ibid.
Both before and indeed during the war transport was a critical lifeline for Nazi Germany. This was something Adolf Hitler understood all too well which is why it played such an important part in his plans for the preparation of war … How serious they were about creating the world’s greatest transport system. Nazi Victory: The Post-War Plan VI, Yesterday 2019
Just 12 days after his election Hitler made one of his first big public speeches at the Berlin motor show … A vast new motorway network. ibid.
Hitler wanted an affordable simple car that could be mass produced in German factories for use on his new road network. ibid.
The Nazis were early adopters of aviation technology. ibid.
Automobile companies such as Daimler-Benz went into the production of aircraft’, tank’ and submarine’ engines, while also manufacturing parts for German guns. ibid.
Apart from healthcare workers, one of the groups most at risk of contracting Covid 19 were public transport staff … By July, 44 public transport workers had died in London alone. Covid 19: World in Danger, Discovery 2020
The battle for our roads and pavements: how e-scooters are booming in Britain … The stark warnings about riding an e-scooter illegally … We’ve been investigating the number of injuries, crimes and complaints involving e-scooters, and the growing concerns about safety, riders and pedestrians. Tonight: E-Scooters: Britain’s New Road Rage? ITV 2021
The City’s transport system … and helping to relieve the pressure the Thames. I’m on my way to a stretch of river that flows between the Thames Barrier and Greenwich … a vital part of the river for keeping London moving. The Thames at Night with Tony Robinson III, Channel 5 2021
The Thames Clippers boats run in continuous loops from Putney in the west to Woolwich in the east. ibid.
This is the Blackwall tunnel completely empty. 50,000 vehicles come down here every day. ibid.