This paper is concerned with the part played by road traffic, particularly on motorways in urban areas. The author makes particular reference to Sydney, the main road development plan is briefly discussed. The object of the plan is to provide a road system that forms an integral part of the transportation system as a whole. Details are given of the different types of journey made in cities. Only approximately 10 percent of road journeys are to and from the central business district, but these journeys produce the more acute problems. Motorway and rail traffic in Sydney are compared. It is pointed out that the major role of the motorway is to provide for the movement of goods and the off-peak movement of people while accommodating people going to work. The importance of the motor car and reasons for its preference as a means of travel are examined. Reference is made to the advantages of the motorway over other types of roads, and the saving in cost of travel if the cost of passengers' time is taken into account. After briefly mentioning an apparent recent falling off in population drift to the suburbs at night, the author concludes by discussing some of the objections that have been raised to urban motorways. In particular problems of traffic congestion at peak hours, the severing of communities, and landscape scars.

  • Authors:
    • Johnston, R E
  • Publication Date: 1973-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00265577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 10 1975 12:00AM