Welcome to the real world! The government at last admits it cannot switch enough from road to rail because the railways are full, and accepts that congestion is both expensive and environmentally damaging.
As an emergency measure they are suggesting allowing people to use the hard shoulder of the motorways at busy times of day. It seems to help around the M42, so why not? It’s all you can do quickly after ten years of neglect of transport infrastructure expansion for both rail and road.
On Monday after my surgery it took me three hours to drive into London – even longer than walking and using the train – because the M4 east bound was closed at junction 5, the A 40 eastbound was closed at the Polish War Memorial, and the Cromwell Road was closed! I remember sitting on a Bill Committee to legislate so the highway authorities sought to keep the roads open and traffic flowing – clearly we were wasting our time.