This essay is written from the perspective of the UK as a developed country. It aims to highlight the key themes that will shape the future of transport, and propose options and visions for the 21st century. In doing so, it is not presenting a set of thoroughly argued and accountable propositions, but delivering some new thinking to stimulate future discussion in the transport debate. The authors first consider how information technology is changing the society in which we live, and its impacts on travel needs and transport. Telecommunications could reduce travel demand but also bring about some additional demands for travel. It also enables transport systems to be used and controlled more efficiently. The authors then ask what they want from transport systems in the 21st century, and propose several ideas. The ideas relate to a range of transport topics, including infrastructure networks, charging mechanisms, public transport innovations, transport telematics, vehicle technology, and land use design. The authors separate their key visions from the rest of their text. Their summaries outline the future given (developments that they consider inevitable) and the future we shape (developments that they would encourage). Consideration is given to how far their ideas and visions could be transferred to developed countries other than the UK, and to developing countries. For the covering abstract see ITRD E105282.

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  • Authors:
    • MARSDEN, G
    • Lyons, G
    • Brackstone, M
  • Publication Date: 1999


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  • Accession Number: 00794978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 2-84060-107-9
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2000 12:00AM