TRANSPORT & THE REGIONAL ECONOMY

This paper discusses the key issues to emerge from the Essex Workshop into Transport and the Regional Economy, held on 15 November 1993. Policies that threaten the viability of the UK motor industries would be extremely damaging to the UK economy, especially in South East England, where Ford, Rover and Vauxhall have considerable significance. The annual cost of congestion to industry in the region is about 10 billion pounds, about 1 billion of which is associated with the M25 motorway. Industry is willing to trade off higher road user costs against more efficient and reliable deliveries. Transport opportunities and facilities have always been significant factors in decisions on the location of industry. Certain parts of the region, or even the region as a whole, will have to relinquish certain aspirations for further growth to some other parts of the region or other regions, to remove the imbalance between different parts of the UK. The business community recognises from an environmental viewpoint the need for any strategy to maximise the use of railways and the River Thames to move people and goods in the region. However, it accepts that a major shift from road to rail is unlikely to occur there, until there are comparable pricing mechanisms for road and rail freight. For the covering abstract see IRRD 866140.

  • Corporate Authors:

    SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

    COUNTY HALL, PENRHYN ROAD
    KINGSTON UPON THAMES,   United Kingdom  KT1 2DY
  • Authors:
    • MCINTOSH, A
  • Publication Date: 1994

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00668610
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 16 1994 12:00AM