THE RIGHT KIND OF CHOICE

AT PRESENT THE MAIN PROBLEM OF TRANSPORT PLANNING IN CITIES IS TO CAPITALIZE ON THE BENEFITS ON THE MOTOR CAR, WHILE MINIMISING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS WHICH ACCOMPANY IT. THERE ARE TWO OPPOSING SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT WHICH RECOMMEND MORE OR LESS INVESTMENT IN ROADS RESPECTIVELY. THE NEED IS TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE BENEFITS OF MOBILITY AND THE PRESERVATION OF CITIES. THOUGH MAJOR CHANGES IN TRANSPORT PLANNING HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE 1945 IT WAS NOT UNTIL THE LATE 1960'S THAT ANY REAL ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO CO-ORDINATE AND PLAN TRANSPORT. THE RESULT IS THAT MAJOR CITIES ARE NOW AT THE CROSSROADS DUE TO LACK OF INVESTMENT, OTHER PRIORITIES AND LONG DELAYS IN THE PLANNING PROCESS. THE AUTHOR POINTS OUT THAT AN INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE OF THE PLANNING SYSTEM AT PRESENT IS THAT POLITICIANS ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER PRESSURE TO SOLVE TODAY'S PROBLEMS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BY USING TODAY'S SOLUTIONS. SINCE TRANSPORT SYSTEMS HAVE VERY HIGH FIXED COSTS THERE IS A TENDENCY TO TRY TO OBTAIN MORE FROM EXISTING SYSTEMS RATHER THAN TO INVEST IN NEW SYSTEMS. THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE IN TRANSPORT IN CITIES IS "ARE WE BEING GIVEN THE RIGHT KIND OF CHOICE".

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    Architecture and Planning Publications, Limited

    P.O. Box 135, 4 Catherine Street
    London WC2B 5JN,   England 
  • Authors:
    • McKee, W
  • Publication Date: 1974-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 339-341
  • Serial:
    • BUILT ENVIRONMENT
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: ALEXANDRINE PRESS
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00083266
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1975 12:00AM