The paper explores the transport policy options, open to local authorities in self-contained towns in the climate currently set by the UK Government. It first summarises the key aspects of national policy, within which local authorities must currently work. It then reviews the options available to local authorities for action in the face of apparently unstoppable growth in traffic. The potential for reducing demand by relocating activities is considered, and traffic management is shown to have disadvantages as well as advantages. For example, new roads and fixed-track public transport are not always satisfactory in small and medium-sized towns. The encouragement of public transport, walking and cycling, by themselves, are shown to have only limited potential for solving urban transport problems. The paper also discusses demand management mechanisms, ranging from persuasion to coercion. It finally calls for change to provide local authorities with more effective methods of controlling traffic demand and providing good public transport alternatives.


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 234-44
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 111
    • Issue Number: 3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716005
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM