Terry Pratchett’s traffic problems

The popular author Terry Pratchett, who died recently, wrote several books about a world of fantasy and magic. You might think that people living in a world like this would be free from many of the problems which we find in the “real” world – but this isn’t the case for Mr. Pratchett’s Discworld. Citizens of the large city of Ankh-Morpork still have to deal with

  • Roads with potholes
  • Parking wardens and wheel clamps
  • Speed cameras (iconographs)
  • Unexpected roadworks causing traffic chaos
  • Border controls

Plus in the air-transport sector some dodgy, power assisted take-offs and landings. All this in a transport environment which includes a wide range of other submarine, marine, river, road and rail-based modes. Looks like there are jobs for road and traffic engineers all over the multiverse.

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About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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