Friday, December 11, 2009

What roads in Eastern Europe look like

Before you start thinking "aren't we well off here", it needs to be pointed out that rail traffic in Eastern Europe, both passenger and goods, is proportionately much higher than in NZ. When financial resources are scarce it makes much more sense to invest money in rail infrastructure over roads.

In NZ the opposite happens - billions of dollars are spent on roads and very little on the railways. The result - trucks smash up the roads and lots more money needs to be spent on repairing them, a kind of vicious cycle. And if the Treasury Wallers had their way and closed down the railways completely, our roads would all look like this very quickly.

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