A New Deal for Transport?: The UK's struggle with the sustainable transport agenda
Series Editors’ Preface ix
Notes on Contributors x
List of Abbreviations xxii
Part I Policy and Politics 1
1 Policy, Politics and Sustainable Transport: The Nature of Labour’s Dilemma 3
2 Devolution and Sustainable Transport 30
3 Local Transport Planning under Labour 51
Geoff Vigar and Dominic Stead
Part II Progress in Policy Implementation 73
4 Roads and Traffic Congestion Policies: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back 75
5 A Railway Renaissance? 108
Jon Shaw and John Farrington
6 Light Rail and the London Underground 135
Richard Knowles and Peter White
7 A ‘Thoroughbred’ in the Making? The Bus Industry under Labour 158
8 Ubiquitous, Everyday Walking and Cycling: The Acid Test of a Sustainable Transport Policy 178
9 Air Transport Policy: Reconciling Growth and Sustainability? 198
Part III The Future 227
10 Towards a Genuinely Sustainable Transport Agenda for the United Kingdom 229
"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)
- 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.