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The multi modal study of transport investment plans.

Marsden, G.R. (2005) The multi modal study of transport investment plans. Transport, 158 (2). 75.-87.

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In 1998 the UK Department for Transport commissioned a programme of 22 studies to examine the most acute congestion problems on the English road network. The studies promised a new approach to reducing road congestion by examining the contribution that all modes of transport could make to solve these problems. The studies have provided the most convincing evidence to date that road building alone will not be able to solve congestion and pollution problems. Extra road infrastructure will, in most cases, buy a few years’ respite from congestion on the inter-urban road network. The studies have proposed substantial packages of road and public transport improvements, combined with demand management and traffic restraint measures, to tackle the problems. The evidence suggests that some form of road-user charging will be required in many areas to ensure that the efficiency benefits gained from the extra road capacity will not simply be eroded by traffic growth as has been seen to date on routes such as the M25. The outcomes of the studies have prompted the Government to undertake a review of the potential for a national road-user charging system. The multimodal studies have undoubtedly brought about a more balanced and integrated approach to transport planning. There have been quite significant changes to the roads schemes that were initially remitted to the studies and evidence to suggest that significant environmental concerns are now playing a much stronger role in decisions taken by the Department for Transport. The challenge now is to ensure that all of the major parts of the integrated strategies proposed are delivered. A failure to do so will not only reduce the benefits the proposals offer but will also devalue the multi-modal approach taken to the studies.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This version is uploaded with the permission of the publishers, the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) who can be found at http://www.ice.org.uk.
Keywords: infrastructure planning/transport planning
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: 28 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2015 12:13
Published Version: http://www.thomastelford.com/journals/JournalConte...
Status: Published
Publisher: Thomas Telford Journals
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2536

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