An evaluation of the policies in British Local Transport Plans with regard to the promotion of rail freight

HAYWOOD, R. (2003). An evaluation of the policies in British Local Transport Plans with regard to the promotion of rail freight. Transport reviews, 23 (4), 387-412.

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    Abstract

    Over the last couple of decades there has been a trend in Western Europe and North America towards making the railway industry more able to compete successfully with road for freight haulage through deregulation and/or structural change. This trend has been drive, partly, by a concern to produce more commercially viable railway industries, but also by concerns to reduce the environmental impacts of road haulage through modal shift. The latter in particular has led to the development of public policies supportive of rail freight, particularly at the national or international levels. This paper reports on qualitative research that analysed public policy aimed at promoting rail freight in Britain but, unusually, the focus was on local rather than national policy. The research was an investigation of the approach of local authorities to the encouragement of rail freight as evidenced through their Local Transport Plans. The paper concludes that in Britain there has been a significant amount of local policymaking for rail freight and that although national policy matters are of overriding importance, the role of local policy is significant and can be developed further.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Urban and Regional Studies
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144164032000048294
    Page Range: 387-412
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2009
    Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:22
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/86

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