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An evaluation of the sustainability of the tramline in Croydon.

Hall, C.; (2004) An evaluation of the sustainability of the tramline in Croydon. Masters thesis , University of London. Green open access

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This thesis is a descriptive analysis of the sustainability of the Croydon Tramlink, using indicators as the bases of the examination. A sustainable transport system is vital for the wellbeing of society. However the present British system, with the emphasis on road building rather than improving the dilapidated public transport network, is experiencing problems on an enormous scale. Current Government policy such as Transport 2010 has been heavily criticised and is in urgent need of review. The rise of the concept of sustainability has increased awareness of transport problems and of the disastrous consequences if predicted trends of growth in cars materialise. Whilst the concept of sustainability has generally been accepted in modern society, debate continues about the implications of sustainable transport, and how best to improve the situation. The main objective of the report is to evaluate the sustainability of the Croydon Tramlink within environmental, social and economic sub-contexts. Indicators for each of the sub-contexts shall be drawn from the literature review in preparation for the analysis. Case studies of European tram networks are also introduced to allow for any comparison between the performances of systems. The research paradigm is of a positivist nature and this is reflected in the choice of a survey to collect primary data that is allocated into categories under a quantitative approach. Secondary data is also presented to add weight to the arguments. The analysis argues that the Croydon Tramlink is a highly sustainable mode of transport and one key inference is that more networks should be considered across the country. Other conclusions include changes in policy reform and social values as attempts to highlight the benefits of sustainability to both natural and human environments.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: An evaluation of the sustainability of the tramline in Croydon.
Identifier: PQ ETD:602599
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by Proquest Third party copyright material has been removed from the e-thesis.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1446674
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