A New Deal for Transport?: The UK's struggle with the by Iain Docherty, Jon Shaw

By Iain Docherty, Jon Shaw

Comprising contributions from a number specialists, this quantity bargains a severe statement at the government's sustainable shipping coverage.

  • A serious observation at the Blair government's sustainable delivery coverage and its implementation.
  • Firmly rooted in an appreciation of the politics of this arguable field.
  • Experts give a contribution up to the moment analyses of the main issues.
  • Will tell debate over the way forward for shipping policy.
  • Includes a Foreword by way of David Begg, Chair of the fee for built-in Transport.

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CflT, London. Key: D ¼ Germany, DK ¼ Denmark, E ¼ Spain, F ¼ France, I ¼ Italy, NL ¼ Netherlands, UK ¼ United Kingdom. 16 IAIN DOCHERTY transport policies. One of the Plan’s most striking features is the return to identifying congestion as the most important transport problem that policy and investment must overcome. Environmental problems, which are generally summarized as local ‘pollution’ rather than the emissions that threaten global sustainability, follow in second place. As Phil Goodwin – formerly the government’s most senior independent transport advisor – notes in the final chapter of this book, the formal setting out of priorities at odds with previously articulated policy strategies suggests that the publication of the 10-Year Plan marks the point when the government’s retreat from a more sustainable policy agenda was made real.

Written by Phil Goodwin, formerly the Labour Government’s most senior independent transport advisor, the chapter develops the issues raised in the book to construct a critical overview of Labour’s performance in terms of its own policy goals. Although it was always likely to be difficult to achieve a genuine shift in UK transport policy towards even politically realistic sustainable outcomes – POLICY, POLITICS AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT 25 Goodwin argues Labour has found itself in a position that would have confronted any government – the chapter offers a view on how a credible sustainable transport agenda might develop.

19 The depth of this malaise is in part explained by the state’s late realization that it could not simply build its way out of congestion. Despite the elusiveness of predict and provide – which was neither a desirable (in terms of sustainability) nor indeed feasible basis on which to construct a strategy for transport – successive post-war administrations tried hard to prove Buchanan wrong by attempting to expand road space as much as possible. POLICY, POLITICS AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT 7 Until the early 1990s, the core concern of roads policy (and by implication transport policy more generally) in Britain remained the straightforward implementation of predict and provide.

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