Existing roads, railways and air services in the UK are considered in terms of their reflection of policies of continuity with change in regard to inter-city networks of transport facilities. The interface between inter-city and intra-city transport systems is seen to present complex situations which require evaluation in technological, sociological and environmental terms. Factors affecting the choice of mode of transport by inter-city passengers are defined in general terms. The inter-relation of the valuation of passenger time and modal split is shown by results from surveys within the UK. The need for clearly established hierarchies is a critical common factor with roads, rail and air services to facilitate their comprehensive planning and operation. It is argued that the continual development of the three sectors should reflect their different levels of potential as inter-city services and the benefits to industry for construction, production and marketing. Regional developments require a range of transport services for the attraction of new industries and the expansion of their existing activities; the resulting benefits are realized in social as well as economic terms. The matching of the required levels of transport service with the attributes of appropriate road, rail and air systems presents problems which cannot entirely be answered on an engineering basis. Comprehensive feasibility studies of potential developments should be a basic requirement to ensure a more positive inter-evaluation of relevant factors in engineering, economics and the environment.

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    • Articles from Transportation Engineering 1972, Proceedings of the conference organized by the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, 18-21 April 1972.
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  • Publication Date: 1972

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  • Accession Number: 00057567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institution of Civil Engineers
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  • Created Date: Nov 6 1974 12:00AM