Mass public road transport became a
reality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries. Before this time the roads were in a dreadful
state, making mass transport an impossibility. The only form
of public transport had been the stage and mail coaches that
commuted between towns and cities. They carried few
passengers and were expensive to use, so that most people
could not afford to travel any distance.
People’s expectations changed with the
coming of the railways, so that when affordable trams
appeared in the late nineteenth century, they were well
used, and had a great impact on people’s lives. For the
first time everyone could easily shop or socialise in other
towns, and commute to work.
The story of public transport is told in the following
To be continued.