Presents a general approach for assessing investments in waterway improvement on both social and economic grounds; examines, in particular, England's Trent River. Determines which traffics were available and suitable for waterways and estimates the cost of waterbourne modes relative to land-based modes. Part one deals with the general cost and market environment within which waterways can and do work, including the lessons learned from Europe, and part two considers the specific case of the Trent and the viability of investment. The last part looks at other British waterways and the case for extending commercial waterways in general. Finds in part that: (1) investment in improving the Trent is justified; (2) no fuel savings are found in comparing waterways transport to its alternatives, unless both origin and destination are waterside; and (3) no general case can be made for the wholesale improvement of waterways for freight transport; each case is unique. Includes considerable statistical data on the physical and economic considerations. The authors are with the Public Sector Economics Research Centre, University of Leicester. No index.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Leicester University, England

    Public Sector Economics Research Centre
    Leicester LE1 7RH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Garratt, M G
    • Hayter, D M
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 411

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM