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Lorries carrying wheat-seed from a Kent farm in February 1961.
Lorries carrying wheat-seed from a Kent farm in February 1961.
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The rapid growth of roads and motor transport became increasingly effective in competing with the rail network, especially in freight haulage. Government regulation of this competition is an important theme in transport history.

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Further reading

  • Aldcroft, D.H., British Transport since 1914 An Economic History (Newton Abbot & Vancouver: David & Charles, 1975)
  • Bagwell, P.S., The Transport Revolution, 1770-1985 (London: Routledge, 1988)
  • Barker T.C. & Savage C.I., An Economic History of Transport in Britain (London: Hutchinson, 1974)