Friday, 12 February 2010

M4 to be "Hydrogen Highway"

Aparrently there are plans to install hydrogen infrastructure along the M4.

All well and good. Its about time and you'd think I'd be happy considering how I've banged on in the past about how hydrogen is the future of sustainable transport.

Well no, I'm not a happy bunny. As with all projects in this country, we cock it up it that quintissential British way that we've come to know and love over the past couple of decades. Aparrently only the Welsh bit of the M4 is to get the hydrogen infrastructure for god only knows what reason. Theres a possibility of the South-West joining in, but to be honest, its about as welcome and useful as a fart in a specesuit.

Why? Well, because no-one will use it. I'm sure that there will be lots of journeys that begin and end in Wales that use the M4, but to be honest, I don't see any connection to south Wales and high-tech industry anywhere. And before anyone starts, the line "If you build it, they will come" was a line from a film and is of no relevance in the real world.

The densest accumulation of high-tech industry and one of the densest populated areas in the country is the M3/M4 corridors west of London. THATS where the hydrogen infrastructure should be placed, so that high-tech industries already placed in the area can develop, demonstrate and promote hydrogen transport solutions locally and not have to traipse across the country. With commuter links to and from London, its the best area by far.

But no, we chose South Wales instead. Brilliant.

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