Which areas voted for anti-LTN candidates and why? Oxford has had a fault line running through the City on Low Traffic Neighourhoods with the local newspaper giving many headlines, front pages and column inches to the oft-repeated inaccuracies of those opposing LTNs in Oxford. Despite this, research indicates majority support for LTNs and opposition at no more than about 29%. This article looks at why such candidates were elected. It is worth noting that Oxford’s 11 independents are in no less than 5 different groups since local elections 2024, with no lack of differences on a variety of issues. With assistance from Hazel Dawe:


Oxford local elections and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods







ELECTRONIC ROAD PRICING: a case study applying it to Oxford

By 2009, the Government subsidy to private driving in the UK was about £26bn. 2010/2011, the Government froze fuel duties – causing the subsidy to grow further. But, in a country with growing numbers of electric vehicles, refunding the road system is a necessity Governments cannot avoid. Steve Dawe, with help from Hazel Dawe, gives an outline of what Electronic Road Pricing might look like in Oxford – a city notorious for its traffic problems:

Electronic Road Pricing: a case study for Oxford



PLAN FOR DRIVERS, as if people had no other interests?

A peer reviewed academic journal article by Steve Dawe on the Government’s extraordinary Plan for Drivers. (World Transport Policy and Practice, May 2024, 29.1) The Plan for Driver shows a Government that seeks division between drivers and others, whilst having no awareness that drivers want quieter streets where they live, less pollution and better Climate policies – see article by using this link:



TRAFFICATION: a very British problem?

Paul F. Daniels has written a major new book on traffic and the environment: Traffication: how cars destroy the environment and what we can do about it. This article reviews a work which challenges the dependency upon, and expanding fleets of, the car. Steve Dawe, supported by Hazel Dawe, reviews the book – a significant contribution to the debate about having, using and being dependent upon a car:

How does ‘traffication’ damage our environment?



Our new roads and railways are costing about 8 times the average for other countries in Europe. The very high cost of such infrastructure means other areas of infrastructure like minor roads are not not repaired; walking and cycling routes are often in a poor state; pedestrianisation is not being maintained or extended where most needed. This article, see link, makes a major challenge to the idea that national infrastructure is affordable, or that much of it is necessary investment at all. Steve Dawe writes with support from Hazel Dawe:

National infrastructure: notional benefits?



Dear Reader,

Sorry this website has not been updated for a while. Household health issues have been very demanding since early December 2023. Despite this, recovery of full health is highly probable but may take the rest of this summer. We will publicise the re-launch of the site when the updating has been completed.

In the meantime, do consider a look at my articles here: https://westenglandbylines.co.uk/author/stevedawe/

and here: The Government’s Plan for Drivers – https://www.worldtransportjournal.org/journal pp.25-31 – journal issue 29.1

best wishes

Steve Dawe



The Oxford City Plan local consultation document, and associated Sustainability Appraisal, whilst better than earlier versions of this type of Council documentation, still needed more work. Growth of what, for what purpose and how sustainable will it actually be? Why build on green spaces and greenfield sites when the City’s population is growing? Where is the strategy to build apartments above the immense area of surface car parking, private and public, in Oxford? See our comments: Submission CATG Oxford City Planb 2040 December 2023