It has been predicted that between 1950 and 2000 in developing nations, the population living in towns will rise from 500M to 2200M. Tables are presented which show the forecast population growth rate in various cities between 1970 and 1985 and also the changes in urban populations in various developing countries from 1968 - 1972. Along with the growth in population, increases in car ownership are to be expected. In many developing countries a high proportion of all cars in the country is concentrated into one major city, making the traffic situation there very difficult. The congestion in third-world cities is mainly due to three factors: the layout of the road network; poor utilisation of roads; ineffective traffic management schemes. All these factors result in a decline in the standard of public transport. In the short term, the situation may be improved by using traffic management schemes to increase the efficiency of the present system. Careful planning in the long term should aim at reducing the volume of travel and improve employment, social amenities and the environment. Examples of successful long term schemes are discussed. /TRRL/

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • JACOBS, G D
    • Fouracre, P R
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

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  • Accession Number: 00099157
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM