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Traffic jamTen years of 'sustainable' transport in the UK$
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Iain Docherty and Jon Shaw

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420732

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420732.001.0001

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

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

(p.51) Three Roads and traffic: from ‘predict and provide’ to ‘making best use’
Traffic jam

Graham Parkhurst

Geoff Dudley

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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

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