THE ROLE OF ROAD AUTHORITIES IN URBAN SOCIETY

Members of society are subjecting concepts long held sacrosanct to greater scrutiny. Of particular concern to highway planners have been the doubts cost on the goal of mobility which can no longer be regarded as an end in itself. While many urban highway schemes have been completed with a minimum of public dissatisfaction, an increasing number have been halted by public, government and union action, both overseas and, lately, in Australia. The importance of the private motor vehicle for the great majority of trips is stressed, as well as the complete dependence on road-based commercial vehicles. The provision of highway facilities in urban areas is a complex issue facing society. It affects large numbers of people and can be destructive of property and social structure. It is too much to expect that a magic formula can be evolved to avoid any community disruption. It is argued, however, that without the road authorities' involvement in the total planning process, there can be little chance of implementing successful highway schemes. The precise place for road authorities in the hierarchy of organisations involved in the total planning process is open to discussion. Since no two states are entirely similar in their institutional arrangements, it is doubtful whether a singular solution for Australia can be evolved. The partnership established between the Christchurch Regional Planning Authority and the Ministry of Works is one worthy of examination. /Author/TRRL/

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 222-231
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue Number: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0 909996 695
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM