Re: why subsidise private car development with public money
In what deranged universe is that?
Extortionately expensive at peak times in UK.
For any "out in the sticks" locations expect infrequent services
Expect non punctual trains and cancellation (especially on "out in the sticks" trains as delays / constellations on these typically cost less than a big inter city so are the "go to" choice to send to the bottom of the heap if any problems)
I use trains a lot, but hate them, on the peak time services I get its packed, rare to be lucky enough to get a seat.
Zero integration of train and bus in areas I use them e.g. bus leaves a minute before train is due, only chance to "connect" on bus (without huge wait for next one) is train on time and bus late so you can get on the late bus.
I have used German trains and trams etc, they were orders of magnitude better experience than my UK experiences (cannot commentate on France as not enough experience on French transport to make a reliable judgement)
Of course it may be taht the UK public transport I use is beacon of crapness and the rest is amazing - but based on experiences of commuter pals in other parts of UK I doubt it.
as a commuter you want
chance of a seat
Only the totally down the tubes road infrastructure prevents me from driving - as most of the drive would be in nose to tail crawling traffic, lots of stop start, high & inefficient fuel use, which is no fun & highly polluting so I do my "green bit" and train it.