The publication of a consultative document on transport policy by the government in April 1976 led to a year of consultations and discussions, and the publication of a white paper in June 1977. The main conclusions are presented and discussed, and in the context of the general government approach to transport its policy for the railways is summarised. Reference is made to the new railway policy within the 1968 Transport Act, and the author explains the current policy by a discussion on three main themes: (1) the role of the railways in the transport system of Great Britain. (2) the role of government towards the nationalised industries (including British rail). (3) government support to the railways. It is suggested that, providing there is flexibility in planning and effective control over costs, the future prospects for British rail now look very encouraging. Significant technological advances have been achieved, and it is considered that Great Britain is now fully committed to the maintenance of a national railway system with the acceptance, by the public, that this will involve substantial and continuing financial support.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • Lazarus, P E
  • Publication Date: 1978-1


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00179523
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1978 12:00AM