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Air quality and the environmental transport policy discourse in Oxford

Parkhurst, Graham



The emergence of poor air quality as a major urban transport problem is considered through the case of Oxford (UK). The relevance of the Oxford policy approach for air quality management is appraised. The level of oxides of nitrogen emitted from large diesel-powered vehicles, most notably buses, emerges as a particular public health problem; the Achilles' heel of a successful record in promoting public transport use and traffic restraint. It is concluded that similar problems may affect bus-centred transport strategies in other urban areas, and that a change of bus technology is the necessary mitigation measure. The findings confirm the importance of ensuring that sustainable transport strategies are fully holistic and integrated in their policy goals and outcomes. © 2004 Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Parkhurst, G. (2004). Air quality and the environmental transport policy discourse in Oxford. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 9(6), 419-436.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Print ISSN 1361-9209
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 6
Pages 419-436
Keywords air quality, bus priority, nitrogen dioxide, Oxford, urban transport policy
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Additional Information Additional Information : Sole author. One output of five-year project 'EMITS: Environmental Monitoring of Integrated Transport Strategy - 50% funded by EU Life programme, 50% through activities of ESRC Designated Research Centre on Transport Studies (£250,000). Results reported at several conferences including keynote address to annual national Transport & Air Quality Conference, 2007.