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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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Is Labour delivering a sustainable railway?

Is Labour delivering a sustainable railway?

(p.75) Four Is Labour delivering a sustainable railway?
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John Preston

Policy Press

This chapter examines the Labour government's policy for railway transport in Great Britain. It suggests that the emphasis on sustainability largely reflects the government's desire to achieve financial stability and is less about achieving broader economic, social, and environmental goals. The chapter highlights the longstanding tensions between commercial and social objectives in the rail sector that have not been explicitly recognised. It suggests that rail can have a sustainable future but that it is not yet fully articulated, and suggests the latest rail White Paper should be seen as the starting point rather than the finishing line.

Keywords:   railway transport, transport policy, Labour government, Great Britain, financial stability, White Paper

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