Getting There

Shortly before writing this article, I was having a discussion with a friend about transport. The basic trend of the conversation was that a government policy of trying to get people to use public transport can only be successful if the public transport is available.

I, like many other people, live in a rural area where trains and buses are almost as much of a curiosity as a stagecoach might be. I work freelance, providing software consultancy and development, which means that I have to be able to appear on my customers’ sites, which are often not in major conurbations.

The result is that a policy of raising the cost of private transport, making driving unpleasant or providing any incentives to use public transport can not be effective where I live. There seems to be an honourable objective that misses the practical issue that if you wish to reduce private transport, you can not do it without providing an alternative.

I've noticed similar things occurring in various companies. Often several separate issues need to be dealt with, to provide a complete solution, but only a limit number of the issues are considered. Without looking to see that all aspects of a plan are fulfilled, it is often possible that the true objective can never be reached.