Governments have infrastructure built and public transport reorganised because they want society to function more efficiently and thus bring more prosperity to their country's regions. The aim of traffic policy should be to make every region well accessible from all others. The location of people, jobs and facilities form a certain spatial structure, from which follow interaction needs. The traffic network in a country will be designed to cope as well as possible with those needs within the financial resources available. However, the location patterns of people, jobs and facilities are not permanent; they shift under the influence of various developments, prosperity growth being the most fundamental. With prosperity growth comes motorisation, and a rising demand for more space in and around the homes. The same tendency is observed among industries, where lack of space is in many cases the reason for leaving the original location. Among the many other factors determining a country's spatial structure are new technologies, demographic evolution and changed preferences. Together they constitute the background against which the influence of improved infrastructure on location and traffic patterns must be studied. (TRRL)

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  • Accession Number: 00457288
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1986 12:00AM