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 and planner’s desk and in the library of every institution where transport is seriously studied" (Logistic and Transport Focus, March 2004)

"This book outlines the political and implementation questions relating to transport policy delivery in the UK. Despite good intentions and a radical policy agenda this book reveals the Labour Government has failed to reduce the need to travel and to improve travel choice. Society has become more car dependent, levels of congestion and unreliability have increased, and the goal of sustainable transport has disappeared. The contributors to this book systematically document and assess the record of the Government on transport over the last six years."
—David Banister, University College London

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

"This book is valuable not only to transport geographers and the growing literature on sustainable transport, but to anyone interested 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 of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow and an expert in urban governance, particularly the implementation of planning and transport policies. His previous publications include Making Tracks (1999), which looks at the transport planning system in major British cities.

Jon Shaw is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen. His recent work has examined the privatization of British Rail and road building in England. He is the author of Competition, Regulation and the Privatisation of British Rail (2000) and co-editor of All Change: 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 of Labour's Dilemma (Iain Docherty).

2 Devolution and Sustainable Transport (Austin Smyth).

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

Part II Progress in Policy Implementation.

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

5 A Railway Renaissance? (Jon Shaw and John Farrington).

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

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

8 Ubiquitous, Everyday Walking and Cycling: The Acid Test of a Sustainable 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 the United Kingdom (Phil Goodwin).


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