Urban Infrastructure: The Contemporary Conflict Between Roads and Utilities (Progress in Planning)

 
9780080433684: Urban Infrastructure: The Contemporary Conflict Between Roads and Utilities (Progress in Planning)

Paperback. British cities are the site of a new form of intense competition for a scarce resource - the gap under the road. Is the road essentially a 'corridor' for moving goods, services and people, or is it a 'conduit' for the movement of energy, water, waste and telecommunications along a complex lattice of pipes, cables, wires and sewers? Privatisation of these networks has, however, transformed the debates about the provision and management of networked infrastructure in cities. Under the road the privatised utilities are digging hundreds of thousands of holes as they renew and repair old networks, and there are also several billion pounds of new investment in cable, telecommunications, energy and transit networks. On the road surface pressures are also increasing as traffic growth, pedestrianisation schemes and new transit investment are all fighting for precious road space. This creates the curious paradox of private utility companies operating in

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