❝A short saying oft contains much wisdom.❞
Sophocles (496BC – 406BC)

Our growing selection of quotes on roads, from both the  good guys  and the  bad guys .
 
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“...prosperous free cities are always congested places. The last time I saw really empty streets and deserted motorways was in East Germany before the Wall came down.”
Ferdinand Mount
Sunday Times
2002-12-22

 
Quotes pertaining to Roads and Road Safety
“It will not be long before councils install so many speed humps that they will join up, and you will be able to enjoy uninterrupted motoring, albeit four inches higher than you used to.”
Neil Menzies
ABD member

“...speed humps slow ambulances down, damage the vehicles, and worsen the ride for patients...”
Mark Singleton
Team Leader
London Ambulance Service
2002-10-14

“...prosperous free cities are always congested places. The last time I saw really empty streets and deserted motorways was in East Germany before the Wall came down.”
Ferdinand Mount
Sunday Times
2002-12-22

“Why exactly can`t we build our way out of transport problems? That, after all, is what we have always managed to do, transporting ourselves out of the caves, along the Roman roads, on to the Victorian railways and our modern motorways. On Friday night, my wife drove us non-stop to Manchester, by using the new M6 toll road to bypass Spaghetti Junction — proof that it remains entirely possible to build our way out of a problem by making Birmingham disappear.”
Mark Hume
The Times
2004-08-30

“I was responsible for the introduction of road humps. Would that I could have my time again.”
Kenneth Clarke
Mail on Sunday
2004-12-05

“Road planning ended in Britain in the third century a.d. when Rome recalled the troops.”
John D Evans, ABD

“Galileo will deliver the tools national governments need to introduce wide-scale road charging.”
BBC 2005-12-28

“I think all of the urban, privately owned toll roads are a disgrace to the State and economically unjustified.”
Tony Harris
Former New South Wales Auditor-General
commenting on Sydney's toll tunnel going bust
ABC Radio 2006-12-28

“Although the use of VMS as part of a wider campaign appear to be effective, research has shown that overuse of VMS messages can dramatically reduce their impact and therefore it is not effective to display the messages too often.”
Highways Agency
In a response to a petition on the PM's website
2008-07-11

“People always go on about speed as being a big cause of accidents, but the big thing I notice on the roads is that people just are not aware of their surroundings. For example, when I drive over here, I notice people sitting in the outside lane. They just do not seem to be aware of what is happening around them and that you are behind them. I am always aware. I am sure that comes from F1 — I am always aware of people to the left and to the right, and where they are moving around. People do need to be aware of what is going on around them. And they need to be thinking about driving. If their minds wander, that can be dangerous. When I am driving, I am concentrating. You are driving for that reason — to drive. If you get distracted and if you have an impact, it could be massive.”
Jenson Button
RoSPA press release
2009-08

Quotes from the bad guys
“If the M25 hadn't been built it wouldn't be full of cars”
Nina Tuckman (anti-road campaigner)
BBC Radio 5 Live
2001-08-27

“Pot-holes are a very efficient means of traffic calming”
Robert Gifford
Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety
Top Gear Magazine
November 1999

“I'm a great believer in permanent congestion”
John Grimshaw
Sustrans
Speaking on Radio 4's Midweek programme
2005-09-14

“If a camera followed me on my bike, it would be bound to find me breaking the law somewhere, including riding the wrong way down one- way streets. It's the inescapable reality of riding a bicycle.”
Jon Snow
President
Cycle Touring Club
The Times
2008-06-04