The Paper examines the present state of development of the principal methods of high-speed inter-city passenger transport by air, road and rail. The problems of each mode are discussed together with their particular strengths and the markets for which they cater. The Paper then considers the likely developments of the next decade; conventional air transport is seen to be dependent for journey time improvement on ground transit systems, while the economic and environmental acceptability of vertical or short take-off aircraft is questioned. The technical potential for development on rail is considerable; mention is made of the case for completely new railway construction, and the various forms of technological innovation are discussed. The economic situation of inter-city transport in the 1980s is examined, and the Paper concludes by stating the need for a coherent national policy on inter-city transport if wasteful expenditure is to be avoided and the best solution provided.

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

    Institution of Civil Engineers

    One Great George Street, Westminster
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1P 3AA
  • Authors:
    • Campbell, I M
  • Publication Date: 1972

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  • Accession Number: 00057568
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 1974 12:00AM