We have quite a car industry in this country. The Japanese companies: Nissan, Honda and Toyota make around a million vehicles a year; the Indian, German and American companies make around 280,000 vehicles a year each. Including the smaller companies we make a shade under two million cars a year.
In 2005 China made around six million cars a year. Six years later it was making 18 million vehicles a year. Each year China built new capacity of two million vehicles a year. In other words, China built a new car industry the size of Britain’s every year.
Yet, we struggle to build a few miles of cycle lanes.