Transport planning and participation:The rhetoric and realities of public involvement

Bickerstaff, Karen and Tolley, Rodney and Walker, Gordon (2002) Transport planning and participation:The rhetoric and realities of public involvement. Journal of Transport Geography, 10 (1). pp. 61-73. ISSN 0966-6923

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The new direction in transport policy, embodied in the 1998 White Paper, has brought with it a sea change in political thinking about the objectives and process of local transport planning. In this paper, we consider 'the realities' of how one cornerstone of this 'new' agenda, a duty on authorities to undertake 'public participation' in producing their local transport plans, has been conceptualised and integrated within the wider planning practice. Drawing on a research project which involved a survey of English highway authorities and a content analysis of policy documents we evaluate experiences in relation to four key principles of the participation process. The paper concludes that whilst there is considerable activity on the surface, evidence of substantive impacts on local transport planning or a strategic approach to the participation process is sparse - a situation which is, we argue, traceable back to the lack of clarity in central government policy and guidance.

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