This paper looks at the developing role of the institution of highways and transportation (int) over the last 59 years; it then discusses its role in supporting the government in formulating and achieving national transport goals appropriate to the United Kingdom as part of the single European market. The author emphasizes the need to develop coordinated road and rail transport corridors between all the major European and United Kingdom population centres. He points out that Europe is likely to have a high speed rail network by the year 2005 and is planning the necessary investment to operate high speed lines at between 180 and 250 miles per hour (mph). Britain's fastest trains on the electrified East coast line will be 140 mph. The iht has given evidence to the house of lords select committee on transport in the European community context, suggesting that: 1) a new European agency is set up to plan, coordinate and develop the European transport infrastructure; and 2): the secretary of state for transport becomes responsible for a new national infrastructure authority to manage both the road and the rail infrastructure in the United Kingdom. This might be funded by either government grant and/or fuel tax, supplemented by tariffs and tolls. It would allow the road and rail systems to be treated as interdependent and complementary transport modes.

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    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • CALLERY, M
  • Publication Date: 1989-10


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 5-9
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  • Accession Number: 00498081
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM