What have been the defining characteristics, trends and changes of Britain’s post-war public policy? Developments in British Public Policy provides a comprehensive review of all the key public policy sectors in contemporary British Politics today. Each chapter is written by a leading authority on each policy sector, and includes definitions of key terms, examples and case studies, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading. It will be essential reading for all students of contemporary British public policy and will serve as an ideal companion to Policy-Making in Britain: An Introduction.
Chapter 9: Transport Policy
Winter in the Great Smokies would shortly be upon us, the winter that would see us into the next century and the new millennium. Other things were on their way to us as well, things we never anticipated nor, in some cases, could even imagine. This is the story of how we met them and were changed by them. (Goodwin, 1999: 3)
Since the mid-1990s it has been impossible to ignore the importance of transport within British politics. A series of fatal rail crashes led to serious questioning of transport safety; concerns about the impact of inadequate transport provision on economic efficiency have risen; public alarm over the impact of vehicle emissions on public health has increased, and direct action protests have grabbed ...