PUBLIC TRANSPORT PLANNING. WHY USAGE PATTERNS AND CONSUMER NEEDS ARE NOT NECESSARILY SYNONYMOUS

A criticism is made of the progress made in public transport planning following the 1968 transport act (which gives discretionary power to shire counties to subsidise socially desirable bus services) and the introduction of the transport policies and programmes (tpp) in 1974 and public transport plans (ptp) in 1978. Despite the large amount of published literature consuming many man-hours, in the author's opinion little expertise has been developed. Some of the achievements of the policies are discussed, e.g the formalization of transport coordination within a planning structure, together with failings and diversions. Criticism is made of the euphoria that has often surrounded the introduction of 'alternative transport' - community buses, dial-a-ride, social car schemes, rutex for which in practice the low operation cost belies a far higher subsidy per passenger than almost all conventional bus routes in most counties. It is felt that the outstanding issue in public transport planning is the clarification of "need" and a clear lead in accessibility planning coordinating decisions of key village policy, school closures etc with transport planning. (TRRL) (TRRL)

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    Royal Town Planning Institute

    26 Portland Place
    London W1N 4BE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Kilvington, R
  • Publication Date: 1980-3-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 40-41
  • Serial:
    • Planner
    • Volume: 66
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Royal Town Planning Institute
    • ISSN: 0309-1384

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM