This issue contains three articles on the subject of transportation. The first entitled, An Integrated Transport System, attempts to see where the line should be drawn and what scope there is for integrating the components which together make up Britain's transport system. The author suggests that the scope for integration lies primarily in those areas where there is severely wasted competition between the available systems leading to either a surplus, of transport capacity or to deprivation of means of transport. The prime examples may be listed as follows: (1) urban areas where the car competes with public transport services, which leads to an excess of car traffic; (2) direct competition between road and rail for long-distance passenger transport; (3) direct competition between road and rail for both long and short-haul freight transport. This is an extremely difficult field. No one doubts the value of rail haulage for the long distance transport of bulk commodities such as coal, iron ore, cement and petroleum products; (4) direct competition between cars and buses in rural areas. The author concludes that it is futile to talk of integration unless all the authorities concerned can develop a common outlook and agree on the objectives, including the professional staffs behaving in the same manner.

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    Royal Society of Arts

    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1974-2

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  • Accession Number: 00072164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1981 12:00AM