Democratising Transport

My work set out to find a potential pathway to systematic Carasure; The gradual but definitive transition from motor infrastructure to public transit systems and pedestrianisation. The need and intention for this is multifaceted. There are immediate benefits such as improved air quality, improved quality of life and efficiency of  movement. However, the pivotal need to invest in rail infrastructure can be summarised as such: The democratisation of travel and need for scalability. 

Currently, access to transport and the quality of this transport is currently entirely dependent on circumstance and the financial situation of the individual. Through proper infrastructure and the correct management of tax funding, transport across the nation could become a right, not a privilege. 

Secondly, our population will continue to grow in perpetuity, and the strain on our transport networks will increase in kind. We already have a congested system with regards to motor transport (anyone who has been stuck in traffic for hours trying to go home at the holidays has experienced this.) This reality is only going to get worse. Rail however is scalable on a completely different level and could manage the current transport needs (with sufficient services) easily.

The pursuit of this manifesto has led me down a path of self-reflection and discovery. Each consecutive stage of progress has revealed greater complexities than anticipated, within the subject and within my own psyche. Although initially the goal was to pose alternatives to Britain’s failing transport network, it very quickly became a fight against the very system itself, and a journey into the abyss of my own nihilism.