EEC TRANSPORT POLICY. TRANSPORT AND 1992. TRANSCRIPTS OF TRANSNET CONFERENCE HELD ON 14 JULY 1989

This paper attempts to describe and interpret 'transport policy' as it has been pursued in the European Community (EC) during the last 30 years. Actually, EC transport policy does not exist; instead, the EC has a narrowly defined set of concerns about transport, which have arisen in response to the wider economic aims of the Community including the removal of barriers to trade and the encouragement of competition. However, transport has never been analysed in terms of wider costs and benefits in the EC, and large-scale strategic gestures have generally been preferred to consideration of local impacts. The author is concerned that the EC and its transport directorate seem unaware of the true themes of transport policy and that EC 'transport policy' emerges as a slave to economic goals. The impact of 1992 seems likely to include: (1) more movement of freight and more lorries; (2) more difficulties for railways; (3) lower car prices, thus more cars; (4) more economies of scale and manufacturing at fewer sites. The author concludes that the single internal market and the Channel Tunnel could bring environmentally acceptable transport solutions to socially responsible economic changes, although it is by no means certain that they will. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 829782.

  • Corporate Authors:

    London Transport Technology Network

    16 Warren Lane
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  • Authors:
    • WHITELEGG, J
  • Publication Date: 1989

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606088
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM