Integrated Transport – a Will-o’-the-wisp?
A view of inland transport development in Great Britain during the 20th century
John Wylde MSc FCILT
This book was inspired by the mysterious disappearance of the slogan ‘Integrated transport’ which had been on government documents such as the 1998 White Paper, and the daughter documents and 10-year Plan which followed it. The Transport Act 2000 contained only a few positive legislative advances compared with the many aspirations of the White Paper, suggesting that the government were nervous of the response of voters at the 2001 election to their transport policies.
The idea of integrated transport was used in legislation for most of the 20th century (often the term used was co-ordinated transport), but never did it seem to be achievable, because of the different interpretations of ‘integration’, and often of political ideology and vested interests. The author reviews the progress of all forms of inland transport during the century, with the help of two acknowledged experts in their field, and of some others who have acted willingly as research assistants. The important events in the development of inland transport have been captured in the chapters covering the decades of the century, to a large extent objectively, but it is an annotated view, the author not entirely refraining from comment. The final chapter refers to aspects of public transport provision after the millennium much more critically.
Introduction to the third edition
It is too early to tell what effect the change in political administration following the general election in May 2010 will have on the transport scene, but I felt it was time to revise the book to incorporate some changes resulting from suggestions made to me by readers, to whom I am grateful, and also, importantly, to make it easier to read.
The biggest change, therefore, is in the format. Previously it was 10 point type on 190 x 280 mm page size, but 10 pt is really rather smaller than comfortable for general reading, and the length of the lines meant that it was not easy for the eye to switch from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. As Experiments in public transport operation was now ready for printing, and I had decided that it should use 11 point type on A5 page size, it seemed sensible to take the opportunity of putting the third edition of this book into the same format. I hope it will make reading it altogether more pleasurable.
As the coalition administration develops its transport policies and strategies it will be appropriate to revise the Millennium chapter in the light of changed circumstances, and this will be done in the same format so that it can be kept with the book.
Berwick-upon-Tweed 2010 John Wylde
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