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Roads and traffic: from ‘predict and provide’ to ‘making best use’

Graham Parkhurst and Geoff Dudley

in Traffic jam

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420732
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420732.003.0003
Roads and traffic: from ‘predict and provide’ to ‘making best use’

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This chapter examines the Labour government's roads and traffic policies in Great Britain in the decade since 1998. It explains the principles of a sustainable roads and traffic policy, taking into account broad sustainability objectives and the recommendations of two special policy reviews: the Eddington Review on transport, productivity, and competitiveness; and the Stern Review on climate change. The chapter analyses the extent to which ministers have embraced a sustainable roads policy in practice and identifies some of the gaps between where policy ‘is’ and where it ‘needs to be’. It argues that the failure of the government to embrace a national system of road-user charging in any meaningful sense is a key failure of policy.

Keywords: traffic policy; roads policy; Labour government; Great Britain; sustainability objectives; Eddington Review; Stern Review; road-user charging

Chapter.  9856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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