France, Italy, Spain, etc have had high-speed rail services for years and here we are, in 2012 still arguing about building one. It truly is pathetic how far the country that spear-headed the Industrial Revolution has fallen behind our European neighbours. Likewise the road system is in a right state, full of pot-holes, roads too narrow for the volume of traffic, constant grid-lock in many places and the poor quality of the road surfaces knacker cars far quicker than they do in Western Europe where the governments actually invest money to keep them well-paved and fit for purpose. There isn't even a proper British car manufaturer anymore. Brits might slag off Renault and Fiat, but hey, at least they're proper French and Italian engineering companies who build the majority of their cars in their own countries and employ their own people. Unfortunatley that's more than we can say. I don't like to be unpatriotic, but when you see how far-advanced a lot of Western Europe is compared to the UK it really makes one wonder why this country has fallen so far back when we used to be so far forward.