My booklet on Barbara Castle and the story of the 1968 Transport Act has now been published. It’s an interesting tale. She inherited a transport system in a mess in the mid-Sixties. She responded with an impressive combination of hard work, determination, clarity of analysis, a flair for public relations and the clever and pragmatic application of principles. The end result was the 1968 Transport Act – a mammoth piece of legislation that among other things, created urban transport authorities for the conurbations (Passenger Transport Executives and Authorities), stabalised the railways, saved the canals, and pushed on with road safety improvements. It nearly also included provision for road pricing. The more background research I did the more I was impressed by the way she went about the job at Transport.
The booklet tied in with the naming of a train after her. The event went well – and her family were a really nice bunch who really seemed to enjoy the day.