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From planning new systems to managing what we have

We’ve moved away from ‘predict and provide’ but is the journey over or are we only half way there?

By Bill Wyley


Transport planning effectively came into being in the 1960s, as a subset of civil engineering and town planning, because of the need to identify infrastructure programmes to complement urban development plans and to prioritise investment in inter-urban road and rail networks. And the key criterion, certainly so far as inter-urban projects were concerned, was the relevant economic rate of return, based upon computer models of future changes in patterns of travel demand and the traffic (and...

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