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John Dales: Issue 601 20 Jul 2012

Transport planning and tipping points

Should transport professionals catalyse change, or just keep on making do?

In the last issue of this august periodical Tim Morton wrote in his Viewpoint column (I paraphrase): “As transport planners we do a good job, but the outcome is one that dissatisfies many”.

I’m writing this on the train home from Liverpool, from the tenth annual Transport Practitioner’s Meeting (TPM). In one debate about the future of transport planning, a contributor essentially said that ‘steady as she goes’ should be the watch-phrase of our profession. Not...

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