A laughing matter

Just prior to press day, Infrastructure Investor was pleased to be in attendance at a lively discussion of UK road financing models hosted by London consultancy Westbourne Communications (see also page 6).    

Of course, there were plenty of substantive elements to proceedings – but this section of the magazine is no place for weighty issues. It is, however, the place for a toll road joke courtesy of Westbourne’s James Bethell:   

“A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the M4. Nothing is moving. Suddenly a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down his window and asks, “What’s going on?”

“Toll road terrorists have kidnapped the Transport Secretary. They’re asking for a £1 million ransom to re-open the road. Otherwise they’re going to douse him with petrol and set him on fire. We’re going from car to car, taking up a collection to get the traffic moving.”

The driver asks, “How much is everyone giving, on average?”

“About half a gallon.”