That's odd. In which bit of the UK are you? Ground frost (freezing
temperature) is being reported from many parts of the country.
Road building/spending is not politically fashionable and politicians don't
have the guts to stick with proper maintenance programmes, even, let alone
building the many village bypasses that are sorely needed. Whenever there
is a money shortage, first thing that goes is road money. I don't think EU
legislation has anything to do with it. (From where did you pluck that
Although I tend to agree with the thrust of your thinking I don't actually
agree with all your details. Who says we don't get hot summers? In
southern England it can get to 30 degrees and some roads may get a bit soft.
Stupid, isn't it? Ok, we don't experience Nevada desert temps.
Actually, fuel taxation is not that high in real terms. Fuel is relatively
cheaper than in the past, but I could not say by how much, especially as you
did not specify a year or period. 2000? 1990? 1960?
And you should understand that UK taxes on motoring go into the general tax
pot and are not earmarked for road building, just as tobacco taxes don't go
into funding better cigarette factories or tobacco farmers in Cuba (or even
building lung cancer hospitals...).
Some of the grottiest highway surfaces I have experienced were in the USA,
so it all depends on one's perspective, one's sensitivity (one may overlook
local poor quality more easily) and on which bit of road one happens to be
A related example of perspective is motorway mileage. The UK has many fewer
miles of motorway than some comparable western European countries, but when
one adds in the miles of dual-carriageway non-motorway roads the situation
looks much more respectable. (The speed limit is the same.)
And yes, I am dead against the London "congestion charge" as well. I voted
for the main opposition mayoral candidate at the last election mainly
because he promised to abolish this charge and I can't stand Ken
Livingstone, the mayor. However, a majority of Londonders disagreed with
me... And don't get ME started on Ken Livingstone as I shall get VERY
off-topic and into blue language... But I will say that he is good on TV and
I think that is what helped him get re-elected.
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