A New Deal for Transport: The UK's struggle with the sustainable transport agenda / Edition 1

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Comprising contributions from a range of experts, this volume offers a critical commentary on the government's sustainable transport policy.

  • A critical commentary on the Blair government's sustainable transport policy and its implementation.
  • Firmly rooted in an appreciation of the politics of this controversial field.
  • Experts contribute up-to-the-minute analyses of the key issues.
  • Will inform debate over the future of transport policy.
  • Includes a Foreword by David Begg, Chair of the Commission for Integrated Transport.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"should be on every consultant’s, politician’s andplanner’s desk and in the library of every institution wheretransport is seriously studied" (Logistic and TransportFocus, March 2004)

"This book outlines the political and implementation questionsrelating to transport policy delivery in the UK. Despite goodintentions and a radical policy agenda this book reveals the LabourGovernment has failed to reduce the need to travel and to improvetravel choice. Society has become more car dependent, levels ofcongestion and unreliability have increased, and the goal ofsustainable transport has disappeared. The contributors to thisbook systematically document and assess the record of theGovernment on transport over the last six years."
—David Banister, University College London

"This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest inUK transport policy. It debunks, in forensic detail, the myth thatthe government has a coherent strategy for transport."
—Christian Wolmar, author of Broke Rails – HowPrivatisation Wrecked Britain’s Railways

"This book is valuable not only to transport geographers and thegrowing literature on sustainable transport, but to anyoneinterested in how government promises fail to come to fruition."(The Geographical Journal)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405106306
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Series: RGS-IBG Book Series , #16
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Iain Docherty is a Research Fellow in the Department ofUrban Studies at the University of Glasgow and an expert in urbangovernance, particularly the implementation of planning andtransport policies. His previous publications include MakingTracks (1999), which looks at the transport planning system inmajor British cities.

Jon Shaw is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography andEnvironment at the University of Aberdeen. His recent work hasexamined the privatization of British Rail and road building inEngland. He is the author of Competition, Regulation and thePrivatisation of British Rail (2000) and co-editor of AllChange: British Railway Privatisation (2000).

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface.

Notes on Contributors.



List of Abbreviations.

Part I Policy and Politics.

1 Policy, Politics and Sustainable Transport: The Nature ofLabour's Dilemma (Iain Docherty).

2 Devolution and Sustainable Transport (AustinSmyth).

3 Local Transport Planning under Labour (Geoff Vigar andDominic Stead).

Part II Progress in Policy Implementation.

4 Roads and Traffic Congestion Policies: One Step Forward, TwoSteps Back (William Walton).

5 A Railway Renaissance? (Jon Shaw and JohnFarrington).

6 Light Rail and the London Underground (Richard Knowles andPeter White).

7 A'Thoroughbred' in the Making? The Bus Industry under Labour(John Preston).

8 Ubiquitous, Everyday Walking and Cycling: The Acid Test of aSustainable Transport Policy (Rodney Tolley).

9 Air Transport Policy: Reconciling Growth and Sustainability?(Brian Graham).

Part III The Future.

10 Towards a Genuinely Sustainable Transport Agenda for theUnited Kingdom (Phil Goodwin).


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