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UK public attitudes to urban traffic problems and possible countermeasures: a poll of polls

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Urban traffic congestion and the environmental and safety impacts of traffic now represent key political issues in many countries, and disputes over how they should be tackled have precipitated changes in national and local governments. Despite the rhetoric, however, few cities have yet taken firm action to control traffic. This inaction does not reflect a lack of suitable techniques and technologies so much as a concern over the degree of public support, either for the consequences of catering for the car (for example, housing demolition) or of restraining it. Twelve recent opinion surveys in the United Kingdom on public awareness of traffic-related problems and support for different solutions are examined. Despite differences in methodology, the overall findings are consistent and clear. These are presented and assessed, and the implications for urban transport policy are discussed.

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  • P M Jones, 1991. "UK public attitudes to urban traffic problems and possible countermeasures: a poll of polls," Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 9(3), pages 245-256, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envirc:v:9:y:1991:i:3:p:245-256
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    1. Marcucci, Edoardo & Marini, Marco, 2001. "Individual uncertainty and the political acceptability of road pricing policies," MPRA Paper 30751, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Attard, Maria, 2012. "Reforming the urban public transport bus system in Malta: Approach and acceptance," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 46(7), pages 981-992.
    3. May, A. D. & Roberts, M, 1995. "The design of integrated transport strategies," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 2(2), pages 97-105, April.
    4. Ison, S., 2000. "Local authority and academic attitudes to urban road pricing: a UK perspective," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 7(4), pages 269-277, October.

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