The Rise and Rise of Road Transport, 1700-1990 / Edition 1

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Most books about Britain's transport history have concentrated upon canals and railways. It is now clear that a great deal of traffic went by road even before turnpikes, and that goods as well as passenger services were much more highly developed than originally thought. This book is an important survey of road transport over the past three centuries. The authors summarise the new evidence and arguments and explain why we need to take a longer view of the subject. They shed new light on the importance of horse-drawn freight in the eighteenth century, offset the undue attention that is paid to the railways in the nineteenth century, and stress that motor transport's present great importance only dates from the 1950s. Includes a full bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521552806
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: New Studies in Economic and Social History Series
  • Edition description: 1st Cambridge University Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Introduction 1
Historians' neglect of road transport 1
New research on roads and road traffic before the railways 4
Pt. 1 Goods transport to the 1830s 8
London carriers 8
Provincial carriers 14
Local carriers 16
Private carriers 18
Goods transport in towns 20
The essence of eighteenth-century road transport 21
Change in the carrying trade 23
Droving 30
The significance of road transport 33
Pt. 2 Passenger transport to the 1830s 35
Greater change than in goods transport 35
Stage coach expansion explained 38
Other forms of passenger transport by road 41
Contribution to economic growth 42
Pt. 3 Road transport in the railway age 43
Horse-drawn road transport, despite its higher cost per ton-mile, continues to grow 43
Omnibuses and hackney carriages for the middle classes 46
Horse tramways for all 48
Goods transport 49
The significant pedal cycle 52
The mechanisation of road transport: by steam, electricity or internal combustion? 53
The rapid mechanisation of passenger transport by road, 1904-14 56
The more gradual mechanisation of goods transport by road 60
Pt. 4 Motor transport between the wars 62
The motor vehicle, having replaced the horse in passenger transport, captures almost all the horse-drawn freight traffic and much that would otherwise have gone by goods train 62
The growing importance of the motor bus 65
Pt. 5 The motorway age 68
The carriage of goods 68
The rise of private, and the decline of public, transport by road 71
Road transport, more important than ever in the 1990s, was always the most important transport mode 73
Notes 75
Bibliography 77
Index 83
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