THE ROLE OF NEW AND IMPROVED ROADS IN FUTURE TRANSPORT POLICIES

This Occasional Paper is part of the Institution of Highways and Transportation's continuing contribution to discussions by various organisations on the future of transport policy in the UK. It aims to summarise the arguments for and against new roads and road improvments within the wider context of British and European transport policies, and indicate available scientific evidence on the relevant issues. It concentrates on general issues for transport policy, which are raised repeatedly, and does not consider local issues specific to individual schemes. Arguments for road schemes claim that they: (1) relieve congestion due to growing traffic; (2) assist public transport; (3) increase safety; (4) improve the environment more than they damage it; (5) promote economic growth; and (6) fill gaps in European, national, and regional road networks. Arguments against road schemes mostly address similar issues, but consider that many of the relevant effects are adverse; they also raise some global environmental issues. Scientific evidence on most of the arguments for and against road schemes is rarely completely clear and unambiguous. The relevant scientific knowledge is summarised, with special reference to traffic growth.

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    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Publication Date: 1995-8

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00722379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-902933-16-7
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM