BALANCE BETWEEN MODES
41. The Automobile Association suggested that the
proposed scale of investment in rail in the Plan far outweighed
that in buses, cycling and walking, with little or no justification.
It also notes that this contrast is even greater when road and
rail are compared and that, while the case for improving the maintenance
of the rail network was clear, the upgrade programme remained
42. The impression given by the Plan is of an imbalanced
consideration of the problems and solutions of each mode of transport.
Eight pages are dedicated to the strategic road network, while
eight lines are set aside for powered two-wheelers; the description
of 'Park and Ride' sites is as long as the discussion on cycling
and walking combined.
43. The Plan is ill-balanced. The Plan
focusses on congestion at the expense of wider, but equally important
objectives such as safety and social inclusion. The revised Plan
must demonstrate that all its objectives have been treated with
sufficient care and analysis. It must also include a balanced
analysis of the role that each mode of transport can play in meeting
the Plan's targets and its wider objectives.
49 Particulate matter PM10. Back
Transport 2010: The 10 Year Plan, p24. Back
Ibid., p62. Back
Ibid., p101. Back
Transport 2010: Background Analysis, p37. Back
Ibid, p6. The principal factors expected to lead to a fall in
the cost of motoring are falling oil prices and new car prices. Back
TYP56, TYP42, TYP35, TYP26, TYP14. Back
TYP42, Transport and social inclusion, South Yorkshire
PTE, Sheffield City Council and Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster
Metropolitan Borough Councils. Back