Tuesday 16 January 2018

Want to get to grips with gridlock? Charge commuters

Gridlock on our motorways is back to boom-time levels
Gridlock on our motorways is back to boom-time levels
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

One of the less-celebrated joys of working for yourself is not having to do the daily commute. This daily grind can be a true purgatory. Not having to do it is a much under-estimated luxury, which is only truly understood when you are stuck in a traffic jam, infuriated and anxious.

Yesterday, I was in a taxi heading to Heuston Station to get the 9am train to Cork and I experienced the sad reality of the clogged N11 at 8am. As the taxi whizzed up the bus lane, bracketed by buses moving equally swiftly, we passed thousands of motorists stuck in the jam.

They do this every morning, and they choose to do it.

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