The paper explores the links between changing transport technology, individual mobility and urban form in the British cities of Manchester and Glasgow in the mid-twentieth century. Original data on commuting patterns and experiences are linked with archival research to focus especially on the attitudes of travellers to changes in transport and urban form. The variability of individual commuting preferences is stressed, and it is argued that decisions about the provision of public transport rarely took into account the views of individual commuters. It is also suggested that factors governing modal choice have remained quite stable from the 1930s to the 1960s.
The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Urban History, 27 (3), pp 360-383. 2000, © 2000 Cambridge University Press.