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Types of transport expenditure

  • Roads
  • Trains
  • Footpaths
  • Airports
  • Docks


  • Private roads are better and most cost effective
  • Private road owners have an incentive to maintain the road, the government just leaves them in decay
  • The government has no upside for doing a better job
  • The only reason for the government to run the roads is because you have never thought of the government not running the roads
  • If public roads turn out to be good, pepople will demand or expect the same level of service from public roads
  • Its not "privatising roads", its "road pricing".
  • Private roads not state roads led to the invention of Tarmac - 

Speed limits

There is no such thing as a good or bad speed. Its the context the speed is being used in.
Nudging up the speed limit by 10kmh on some roads could reduce congestion and improve productivity by ensuring the quicker movement of freight especialy on the newest and safest roads

New Zealand has one of the strictest speed regimes. Australia, Canada and France all have motorway limits of 110kmh, while Britain's is 70mph, or about 113kmh.
On Germany's autobahns, there are no speed limits, although drivers are advised to stay under 130kmh.
The important thing is to make sure that the speed limit is aligned to the risk that the road represents. 

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