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The Transport Problems of Inner City Firms: An Approach to Solutions.

Patterson, N.S. and May, A.D. (1981) The Transport Problems of Inner City Firms: An Approach to Solutions. Working Paper. Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds , Leeds, UK.

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Abstract

The paper arises from a recent investigation into the extent to which transport problems affect manufacturing firms and their employees. It summarises the conclusions of that study and notes their implications for the selection and assessment of transport policies designed to assist industry.

One of the conclusions is that most problems are local or site- specific; this suggests that local and probably low cost solutions developed by local authorities or by firms themselves may well be more appropriate than programmes of major investment. However, another conclusion is that firms are generally inadequately aware of the effects of their transport problems and the costs to which they give rise; this suggests that the justification even for low cost solutions may not be being made sufficiently apparent to local authorities. These conclusions indicate the need for a more careful assessment of the effects of both high and low cost transport policies on industry.

The paper outlines the way in which an analysis of firms' transport problems may be used to develop appropriate solutions and to assess their effects. It discusses some of the problems of such an investigation, using case studies drawn from recent research in Inner London.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright of the Institute of Transport Studies, University Of Leeds
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 04:15
Published Version: http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/
Status: Published
Publisher: Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Identification Number: Working Paper 155
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2381

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