Throughout the history of Victoria there has been a direct interdependence between transport and the social and economic development of the state. The railways played a very significant role in the development of the state for close on its first hundred years (and in the metropolitan area this role was reinforced by the tramways during the city's second 50 years or so). By the 1930s, the motor vehicle was growing in numbers and was beginning to effectively compete with the railways for people and goods movement. Regulation of transport was introduced to protect the railways. This regulation, and the Second World War and petrol rationing, safeguarded the railways during the 1930s and 1940s. However, since the early 1950s, the position of the railways (and other public transport) has steadily declined to the stage where many parts of the transport task can now be much more effectively and economically performed by the motor vehicle. This dominance of the motor vehicle has had, and will continue to have, a marked effect on the development of the state. This background paper briefly reviews the history of land transportation in Victoria, in order to give some insight into the relationship between each of the transport modes, and between transport and state development (A). TRRL

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ministry of Transport, Victoria

    570 Bourke Street
    Melbourne, Victoria,   Australia 
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00329964
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1982 12:00AM