We have no money gentlemen, so we shall have to think.
– Ernest Rutherford, on taking over the Caversham Laboratory in 1919
On 2 December the managing editor of World Streets, Eric Britton, was invited by the organizers of the National Autumn Conference of ACT TravelWise to present the keynote address, following an opening presentation by Norman Baker, MP and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Transport of the just-elected UK coalition government. The theme of the conference was “The Right to Travel – Getting more for less” — and Britton was asked to bring in some international perspectives and possibly some less familiar ideas for the largely British audience after the Minister’s presentation.
The document you find here brings together Britton’s speaking notes — and by posting this to World Streets we take advantage of the possibility of inviting your comments and critical appreciations. All this is, like our cities themselves, work in progress.
* Click here to call up the PDF presentation of Transport, environment and public policy in hard times
[This photo is from a recent article in the Liverpool Daily Post entitled “Imagine a traffic free Dale Street and the demolition of the Churchill flyover“. Food for thought?]