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The PIIGS are possibly more reliant on road transport than average, something stemming from geographic location, inappropriate Urban Planning or both.

Or a historic lack of capital to invest in railways when they were fashionable. All those states invested in infrastructure when railways were silly socialism.

Ireland has a crappy railway infrastructure and really great social attitudes to use of public transport: Sam's colleagues in her more status conscious job used to be somewhat horrified that she commuted by rail rather than driving. We've upgraded the existing infrastructure,  but built relatively little - a light transit system in Dublin. There was far more rail fifty years or so ago.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 8th, 2010 at 08:30:40 AM EST

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