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Implementing transport's 'new realism'?: The dissemination of demand-management policies in UK transport planning

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Geoff Vigar


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Transport planning has come under ever more intensive scrutiny in recent times, particularly as a result of the environmental externalities associated with increasing distances travelled by many in Western society by private car. Recognition of this situation and the apparent impossibility of providing for ever-increasing road travel has led to the emergence of a 'new realism' in dealing with traffic growth and transport issues generally. This paper examines the penetration of such a view, taking a case study of the Tyne and Wear conurbation, supported by three other illustrations. It concludes that the penetration of the 'new realism' is, in some cases appropriately, highly variable both organisationally and geographically.

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Author(s): Vigar G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Town Planning Review

Year: 2001

Volume: 72

Issue: 4

Pages: 423-443

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0041-0020

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Publisher: Liverpool University Press