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Buses and light rail: stalled en route?

Richard D. Knowles and Pedro Abrantes

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/9781847420732.003.0005
Buses and light rail: stalled en route?

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This chapter examines the development in the Labour government's policy for buses and light rail in Great Britain. It explains that while the concept of an integrated transport policy had been promulgated Britain-wide in 1998, the governance landscape in relation to the formulation and delivery of transport-policy objectives and targets was fundamentally changed by devolution in 1999/2000. The chapter shows that these new governance arrangements have promoted differences in both bus and light-rail policies and suggests that the failure of the government to achieve its own targets for local buses and light rail is due to a lack of political leadership and a failure to take on the powerful vested interests of the large private bus companies.

Keywords: buses; light rail; Labour government; Great Britain; integrated transport policy; devolution; political leadership

Chapter.  7906 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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