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

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

by Theo Barker, Dorian Gerhold
     
 

ISBN-10: 052155280X

ISBN-13: 9780521552806

Pub. Date: 03/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521552806
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2015
Series:
New Studies in Economic and Social History Series
Edition description:
1st Cambridge University Press ed
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Introduction1
Historians' neglect of road transport1
New research on roads and road traffic before the railways4
Pt. 1Goods transport to the 1830s8
London carriers8
Provincial carriers14
Local carriers16
Private carriers18
Goods transport in towns20
The essence of eighteenth-century road transport21
Change in the carrying trade23
Droving30
The significance of road transport33
Pt. 2Passenger transport to the 1830s35
Greater change than in goods transport35
Stage coach expansion explained38
Other forms of passenger transport by road41
Contribution to economic growth42
Pt. 3Road transport in the railway age43
Horse-drawn road transport, despite its higher cost per ton-mile, continues to grow43
Omnibuses and hackney carriages for the middle classes46
Horse tramways for all48
Goods transport49
The significant pedal cycle52
The mechanisation of road transport: by steam, electricity or internal combustion?53
The rapid mechanisation of passenger transport by road, 1904-1456
The more gradual mechanisation of goods transport by road60
Pt. 4Motor transport between the wars62
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 train62
The growing importance of the motor bus65
Pt. 5The motorway age68
The carriage of goods68
The rise of private, and the decline of public, transport by road71
Road transport, more important than ever in the 1990s, was always the most important transport mode73
Notes75
Bibliography77
Index83

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