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Induced traffic again. And again. And again.

Phil Goodwin is professor of transport policy at the Centre for Transport and Society, University of West of England, Bristol (Phil.Goodwin@uwe.ac.uk), and emeritus professor at University College London
24 August 2006
Congestion in Fleet Street, London 1932
Congestion in Fleet Street, London 1932

 

It was way back in 1925 that the opening of a new section on the Great West Road demonstrated "the remarkable manner in which new roads generate new traffic", as Bressey wrote in 1937, but the notion was soon forgotten. Glanville and Smeed at the Road Research Laboratory rediscovered it in 1958, however, as did Foster, at Oxford, in 1963, and it was also remembered long enough to appear in Ministry of Transport advice in 1968, which said: "Generated traffic on large schemes has...

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