As we move along into 2017, we face that inevitable wall of congested traffic that’s the ultimate national BBQ stopper. But if you think that people going to and from work are the root of the problem, you’re sadly mistaken.

Much of our debate on transport and congestion and where people live and how they get to work is so clouded by myths and voodoo that distilling a single reliable fact from any number of conversations or prescriptions for reform is a challenge. What’s gobsmackingly scary is how much money…