BLAME IT ON BUCHANAN

HUGH DOUGHERTY blames a pro-car planning report of the 1960s for the bus industry’s plight today and says that replacing road space-hungry petrol and diesel cars with electric ones may be greener, but will not reduce congestion or clear the way for the bus

Glasgow is typical of cities that rebuilt themselves to accommodate the car, with extensive urban motorways leaving buses to navigate their way through areas devoid of people or places they might want to visit.

It was in November 1963 that Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government published a report, Traffic in Towns, authored by Prof Colin Buchanan, a prominent architect, civil engineer and planner.

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