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Ex-Ford engineer Richard Parry-Jones is now chairman-designate of the UK's Network Rail. Having looked into the futures of both car and train development, he believes that by the end of this decade the most Earth-friendly internal-combustion engine cars will be about as polluting, on a per-passenger basis, as high-speed electric trains.

ZipCar is getting to be pretty well known here in the US and even has a branch in London England. However they aren't the only car sharing service and one located in England is called StreetCar. Streetcar has done a deal with British railway operator Network Rail to set up car sharing sites at four major rail stations in the London area. Streetcar members will be able pick up cars from Victoria, Euston, Paddington and Waterloo stations and pay for them on an hourly basis. If the program works ou