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Accessibility planning: a nice idea stunted by complexity. But there is another way

Tom Cohen, Centre for Transport Studies
31 March 2017
Tom Cohen is a senior research associate at the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London. Email: tom.cohen@ucl.ac.uk
Tom Cohen is a senior research associate at the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London. Email: tom.cohen@ucl.ac.uk

 

I was excited when accessibility planning was introduced as part of the local transport plan process in England. But I wasn’t surprised when little appeared to change. A major reason for this is the sheer complexity of accessibility measurement. Nonetheless, the underlying project – doing something to reduce transport inequality – remains valid. I set out here a new and more straightforward way of approaching the issue.

Accessibility measures, though well-intentioned, are...

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