This document contains the papers presented at a transport policy symposium, together with the contributions to the ensuing debate on each paper. The papers presented were as follows: Car Ownership Forecasting, (Beilby, MH and Walker, MBA) Which Looked at the Questions Posed on the Consultative Document on Transport Policy Issued by the Government in 1976 and at the Technical Side of the Forecasting Methods. It attempts to answer the question, "is the present method of traffic forecasting sound and fair?" Accessibility in the Design of Local Transport Policies, (Benwell, M), which discusses the recent changes that have taken place in transport planning, and outlines the potential applicability of an accessibility framework for the development of techniques appropriate to normative transport planning. Options for Public Transport Policy in Rural Areas, (Knowles, RD), which discussed rural transport services as related to policies put forward by successive governments, and suggests what are considered to be available alternative options as solutions to rural problems. Superstores, Shopping Trips and Public Policy in Great Britain, (Thorpe, D), which describes the impact of such stores on shopping patterns, and the locational impact of a superstore as related to the catchment zone and changes in social behaviour. A Reaction to the Government White Paper on transport, (Taitz, L), in which it is suggested that the white paper fails to recognise that the essential issues of transport are environmental and social, not economic, hence the failure of economists to make sense of them. It is argued that in the long run, the decisions on transport are going to have to be made on social and political grounds, and not economic ones. A summary of government white paper decisions is given in a appendix. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of a Symposium on Transport and Public Policy, Aston University, Birmingham, September 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Birmingham University, England

    P.O. Box 363
    Birmingham B15 2TT, Warwickshire,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 94 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195465
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1981 12:00AM