Skip to main content

The future of roads

Buy Article:

$26.27 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

A single stretch of road, the A57, is drawn on to explore the history and politics of the road in postwar Britain, and in particular the disappearance of the great postwar planning schemes into 'route management strategies' – part of a general, post-Thatcherite suspicion of the public sphere, planners and big government. It argues that road politics have also gone quiet since the great protests of the early 1990s because, in our newly outsourced public sphere where roads are largely built through private finance initiatives and contracted out to local authorities, no one who wants to protest against a road can be sure who or what to protest against. The article concludes that, while much can be learnt from the road protestors of the 1990s, we also need to acknowledge the aesthetic and emotional appeal of roads for motorists if we are to address how to persuade them to use more sustainable forms of transport.

Keywords: A57; PFI; PLANNING; ROAD PROTESTS; ROADS; ROUTE MANAGEMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266210791036863

Publication date: March 25, 2010

More about this publication?
  • Soundings pioneers thoughtful, critical ideas on culture, society and politics. That's why leading left thinkers from Britain, Latin America, Asia, the United States and Europe debate their ideas in our pages.

    'Deeply thoughtful about the public life of politics and the intimacy of our private lives and how they interconnect. Soundings is one of the few places where you read ideas which can change your mind.' Madeleine Bunting
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
lwish/sou/2010/00000044/00000001/art00010
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more