ROADS AND ROAD TRANSPORT: THEIR IMPACT ON THE COUNTRYSIDE - AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT

The viewpoint of the UK's Countryside Commission is presented. The British countryside has relatively little wilderness, and is almost entirely a complex zone of varied and continuous human use. Its inhabitants generate a significant part of rural traffic, although more rural traffic is inter-urban. Tourist travel to the countryside, especially by car, is also significant. The Commission has become increasingly concerned by the rising impact of roads and road traffic on the countryside, whose human, financial, physical, and environmental costs are growing and already heavy. In 1992, it called for a new approach to UK transport policy, based on a shift to demand management and a strategy based on sustainability. Since mid-1994, the UK transport policy scene has been transformed, with the dimensions of: (1) traffic restraint and more emphasis on public transport, in cities; (2) a more constrained trunk road programme; and (3) more emphasis on taxation and control of vehicle emissions. However, an additional dimension is needed: (4) strategic management in and for the countryside. For the covering abstract, see IRRD 885112.

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    OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

    WALTON STREET
    OXFORD,   United Kingdom  OX2 6DP
  • Authors:
    • DOWER, M
  • Publication Date: 1996

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00729825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-19-854934-2
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM