In predicting the future of public transport over the next 25 years the author identifies the five main factors which will affect transport development and the quality of life in general. These are: (a) increased urbanisation; (b) growing environmental awareness; (c) financial constraints; (d) the energy crisis and (e) new technology. The history of public transport over the last 25 years is examined and the reason for the decline up to the late 1960s identified. Future public transport is examined on two counts, systems and organisation. It is not felt that personalised rapid transit or "people movers" will play any significant part in the public transport network up to the end of the century but that the emphasis should be placed on development of appropriate bus and rail systems, coupled with the increasing use of electric traction and the provision of more priorities in highway networks. Greater detail is given on the integrated transport system based on bus and metro now being built in Tyne and Wear Counties. As regards organisation there is an anomaly between some public transport being publicly-owned locally while the rest of it is virtually publicly-owned on a national basis. There is a need for more logical control of what is very much a local facility and regional transport organisation is called for. For abstracts of other papers to the 1975 National Conference of the Institution of Highway Engineers, see IRRD abstract nos 220234-38. /TRRL/

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    Whitehall Technical Press Limited

    Wrotham Place
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  • Authors:
    • Howard, D F
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 35-42
  • Serial:
    • Highway Engineer
    • Volume: 23
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Whitehall Press Limited
    • ISSN: 0306-6452

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138989
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1981 12:00AM