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Phil Williams: Are we there yet?

By Chris Brindley, Assistant Editor, Phil Williams.

From the cost of driving, to HS2, to a third runway at Heathrow, we have some big decisions to make about transport in Britain and where billions of pounds should be spent. That’s why this week, Phil Williams is taking his programme around the country to find out what we need to do to keep Britain moving and to look at some of the big decisions we face.

ComRes has carried out a poll on behalf of BBC Radio 5 live to understand people’s attitudes towards transport in the UK. It found 40% of car owners say they have cut down on driving because of the cost. Just over a third said the best way to deal with airport capacity would be expansion and most people said they are against the HS2 development.

On Monday, Phil will be at Heathrow Airport to look at the options for airport expansion. On Tuesday, he will be at Birmingham New Street Station to look at the debate around HS2. Finally, on Wednesday, he will be on the A14 where Britain’s first toll road in ten years is planned, to look at the cost of motoring.

Phil will talk to the decision makers, experts and some of the people most affected. He also wants to hear where you think the vast sums of money should or should not be spent.

Join Phil Williams from 10pm on Monday 2 December and from 10.30pm on Tues 3 and Wed 4 December.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by CyrilTheWasp

    on 8 Dec 2013 10:35

    Credit where it is due and this was first class radio and the standard that 5live should be at all the time.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by carrie

    on 7 Dec 2013 13:44

    It was forgotten because it didn't hit Salford.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by mistered5

    on 6 Dec 2013 10:28

    One of the things I really enjoyed about the series was that it was a subject that affects all of us and our everyday lives.

    I sometimes wonder if the media really appreciate what the general public and their every day lives. Today is an excellent example of complete overkill on a subject.
    A quick look at the most read stories on the BBC News Website suggests that Mandela's death is only the FIFTH most read story behind the UK weather and a story about dogs!. The news of UK towns being swamped appears to have been almost forgotten in 5 Live.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by zelda

    on 6 Dec 2013 08:53

    I don't know Jack... I don't read the Mirror. I just saw the issue on HIGNFY last week and pulled out a link which happened to be the Mirror. To be fair, much of the media is run by dimwits and chancers.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 5 Dec 2013 17:16

    Re- Zelda link. I love the way The Mirror refer to the planners as Dimwits. Given the appauling effort that The Mirror publishes every day, compounded by an even bigger load of dross on Sundays I think the Dimwits are based somewhere in Mirror management.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by zelda

    on 4 Dec 2013 16:20

    Did he mention this? ;)

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/heathrow-t5-light-bulbs-fail-2847774

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by carrie

    on 4 Dec 2013 13:38

    The first two programmes have been fantastic. Phil moved so quickly it can't have been scripted, and his evident enjoyment and enthusiasm made these two at least, great listening. Apart from the feel of the programmes, the content was top rate and we heard lost of info in very accessible ways, as opposed to that rubbish when Livesey presented from Manchester airport and just seemed to ask people where they had been or were going to - no real content at all.
    Phil is a natural interviewer and you can hear his evident enjoyment by the way he laughs at some of the comments. He is wasted late at night and would be a great replacement for Bacon or Victoria.
    To cap it all last night the record shop guy from Moor street was on, I used to get hard to come by American imports from him, class!!

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by mistered5

    on 3 Dec 2013 08:06

    Well done 5 Live, I thought this was an excellent bit of radio. An interesting subject that affects all of us (rather than a small minority like of a lot of the special programmes) and some well informed guests who told me some things I didn't know.

    I'd love to hear more of this type of programme and it was a pleasant change from this weekend's cringeworthy late night show where the aim of the programme seemed to be to get people who'd seen the awful events in Glasgow to become as emotional as possible by repeating the same interviews over & over again as there wasn't anything new to report.

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