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PTALs remain a valuable tool for development planning

Chris Bainbridge London W6
13 April 2018
 

As chair of the PTALs (public transport accessibility levels) development group in the 1990s and early noughties, I must defend the method against calls to “consign it to the dustbin” (Letters, LTT 13 Apr).

Before PTALs, all we had to decide whether an area had good public transport or not was a Department of the Environment standard from 1973 that urban residential areas should be within 400 metres of a bus route. There was nothing about frequency, destinations, or even bus...

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