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1989 – not a bad year to launch a transport magazine!

There rarely seems to be a settled period in transport policy but 1989 was, in many ways, a seminal year, writes Andrew Forster

By Andrew Forster
Paul Channon, transport secretary, June 1987 - July 1989
Paul Channon, transport secretary, June 1987 - July 1989

 

On 18 May 1989, transport secretary Paul Channon signalled the Government’s intent to massively expand capacity on England’s motorways and trunk roads.

Roads for Prosperity, a roads White Paper, contained plans for 168 new schemes, taking the total number of projects in the programme to almost 500, and more than doubling its value, from £5bn to £12bn. The focus of the  new schemes was almost entirely on relieving congestion on key inter-urban arteries. Among...

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