This study opens with an account of the growth of the transport infrastructure of London and of the institutions controlling the operation and development of that infrastructure. The present powers and roles of the main statutory bodies are discussed. There follows fifteen case studies concerning a wide variety of projects such as new underground lines, changes in the rail approaches from the south-east, bus priority schemes and the Heathrow link. These examine the formulation of schemes, their appraisal, problems encountered and action taken. This leads to a discussion of the problems of London's transport which contrasts the wishes and aspirations of the public with the choices open to decision-makers. A number of policy options are discussed ranging from the short-term, such as fixing fares, to the long-term where attention is paid to land-use planning. The performance of the present institutional arrangement is evaluated, illustrating the difficulties of decision-making and action, given the number of interested parties. Various changes are suggested such as grant alterations, the transfer of control of over trunk roads and British rail to the GLC and improved transport planning with greater public participation and more co-ordination in decision-making. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Houghton Street, Aldwych
    London WC2A 2AE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Collins, M F
    • Pharoah, T M
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 660 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1981 12:00AM