It is now widely recognized that technical and scientific advice and information is required to help in the formulation and development of transport policies and in their effective implementation. This is true for particular transport modes - road, rail, air and sea - and also for broader questions of transport planning and information. In almost all transport problems, social and environmental aspects are growing in importance; narrow technical solutions and even a broader techno-economic approach are seldom adequate. This reflects changing public attitudes and priorities, and today the information required to aid central and local government transport policies should include consideration of many critical social factors which are difficult to gauge in generally acceptable objective terms. An attempt to do so is an essential element in transport research and increasingly influences the activities of those engaged in such work. The paper outlines ways in which transport research laboratories and similar organizations are tackling this task, and illustrates them by examples drawn from work on infrastructure and vehicles, traffic and safety, and systems and operations. It also includes some comments on the organization of transport research. /Author/ /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Silverleaf, A
  • Publication Date: 1976


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00142482
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL-SR-215UC Supplement
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM