A Complex View of a Rural Transport System (Bwcabus)

Owen Clark, Christopher Lee

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    Since 2009, the Wales Transport Research Centre has enjoyed success with the Bwcabus project. Bwcabus has given rural communities around Newcastle Emlyn and Lampeter a fully accessible, on-demand, local bus service.

    The aim of this paper is to reflect critically on the dominant theory of management discourse in the context of its traditional application to public transport systems. It challenges the view that the role of the ‘professional management’ within such a system attempts to gain control, certainty, and complete information in which to manage, consequently constraining such a system and hindering its adaptiveness, co-evolution and emergence.

    This discussion reveals the theoretical position of Complexity (CAS) within a Human Active System such as Bwcabus. It also challenges the role of ‘managerialism’ on the micro-level planning of transport systems and draws upon the insights of a more emasculating and emancipatory theories of Complex Evolving Systems. This emerges a different set of strategic insights for Bwcabus including communication strategies, the perceived needs and motivation of passengers and the adaptive not paternalistic measures required. The conclusion drawn from this argument is that Bwcabus pragmatically acts within the naturally organic characteristics of the theoretical discourse known as complexity theory.
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Nifer y tudalennau12
    StatwsE-gyhoeddi cyn argraffu - 7 Ion 2014
    DigwyddiadUniversities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG) Conference 2014 - Newcastle, Y Deyrnas Unedig
    Hyd: 6 Ion 20148 Ion 2014


    CynhadleddUniversities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG) Conference 2014
    Gwlad/TiriogaethY Deyrnas Unedig

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