CHAPTER 4. PUBLIC ATTITUDES TO TRANSPORT ISSUES: FINDINGS FROM THE BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY

During recent years, transport issues have become much more prominent in the public agenda, received more attention in the media, and aroused more concern among all social groups. Some data from British Social Attitudes surveys from the 1980s on have been analysed, although the surveys addressed transport policy options only from 1993 on. Several different levels of environmental concern are identified. Transport issues causing concern include exhaust emissions and ill-health, threats to the countryside, and traffic congestion in relation to air pollution and noise. Substantial majorities of British people now favour improvement to public transport more than road improvements in both rural and urban areas. A very large majority of people oppose closures of unprofitable rail and bus services. Opposition to new road construction in rural areas has gradually increased. In 1995, 65% of respondents desired more spending on better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, 46% to 55% on improvements to three types of rail and bus services. Investigations were also made on support for 'stick' and 'carrot' policies, and attitudes to wider policy and lifestyle issues. Variability between attitudes between different social groups was considered in relation to 'traffic concern' and transport policy scales. For the covering abstract, see IRRD E101216.

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  • Publication Date: 1998

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  • Accession Number: 00766841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-419-23140-4
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 2 1999 12:00AM