The transport act 1968 requires non-metropolitan county councils to produce public transport plans stating the needs for public transport in their areas. This first article in the series discusses the concept of transport 'needs' and the means by which they are determined. Distinctions are drawn between mobility and access, also between assessment of needs and the means for satisfying them. Basic needs, where the emphasis is on the characteristic of the individual, and general need where the emphasis is on the characteristics of the transport and land use systems, are considered. The principal discussion is of the assessment of basic accessibility needs, and the author discusses the role of the individual, the elected member of local government and the professional officer who advises the council and implements its policies, in this assessment. The criteria upon which judgements are made, i.e. felt needs and normative needs, are considered. For parts 2, 3 and 4 of the series see TRIS Nos. 308631-33. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    Surrey House, 1 Throwley Way
    Sutton, Surrey SM1 4QQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Holder, A
  • Publication Date: 1979-8-30

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  • Accession Number: 00308630
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM