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Politicians, public servants, and the providers - It's a push-me pull-you!

The way in which transport provision in England is supported by government is vital to the future of the economy. But it is not an always productive arrangement.

Peter Tomlinson

Remember the railway Push-me Pull-you? Its classic format had two passenger carriages in the middle, with a small steam engine at each end. Each engine points away from the carriages. There was no physical interconnection between the two engines, and no radios or mobile phones in those days. The drivers signalled  to each other with toots on their whistles. The passengers sitting in the carriages trusted the drivers to get them there and do it safely, despite the seeming conflict in...

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