Roger Scruton, "On Roads and Railways," Untimely Tracts
(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1987), pp. 169-171 (at 170):
We are familiar with the noise, the dirt, the danger and the general
heightening of frenzy that are engendered by the motor car. Most of us
would be happy to see motor vehicles excluded from towns and the roads
handed over to pedestrians, cyclists and — for the chronically indolent — the occasional sedan chair. But no such ban could be contemplated
without a serious government policy — a policy of determined reaction
against the motor car.
We are equally familiar with the ruin caused by roads — the ruin of
towns, villages, wildlife and countryside. The creative capacity of roads is
even worse, however, than their capacity to destroy. Roads enable people
to live in one place, work in another, rear children in a third, take their
leisure in a fourth and remain obscurely attached to a fifth which they
sometimes visit. Roads scatter the population, destroying home and
community and placing a veil before our purposes, which can be fulfilled
only after a frenzied burst of motion to some other place.
Roads are therefore a major cause of man's estrangement. Under their
influence he lives subject to the illusion that he can be better satisfied in
some other place, and in some other company, than those to which fate
has assigned him.
A true conservative policy would involve the following measures: a
cessation of all motorway construction; a high fuel tax; a restriction of
motor traffic in towns; the installation of cycle lanes; an expansion of the
railways and a restoration of the branch lines.