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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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Buses and light rail: stalled en route?

Buses and light rail: stalled en route?

(p.97) Five Buses and light rail: stalled en route?
Traffic jam

Richard D. Knowles

Pedro Abrantes

Policy Press

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

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