Session at the European Association for Urban History Conference: Cities in Motion 2020

From the 1930s urban authorities began to plan more systematically their transport systems. A principal challenge was how to link different modes of urban mobility – pedestrianism, trams, rail, air and the car. This session investigates how planners in East and West Europe envisaged the urban transport system as an interacting whole, the means used to connect different transport modes and the difficulties encountered in making urban transport systems work. 

Session content:

  • How was the integral functioning of the transport network envisaged in different cities?
  • What mechanisms were devised to encourage multi-modal transport?
  • What was the place of transport in the larger city planning process and how did transport planning change in the period?
  • What was the role of government and other stakeholders, including passengers, in developing multi-modal urban transport systems?


  • Spokesperson: Simon Gunn, University of Leicester
  • Co-organizer(s): Elvira  Khairullina, University of Valladolid
  • Keywords: Urban transport system | Multi-modal transport | Transport planning
  • Time period: Modern period
  • Topic(s): Technology | Architecture and urbanism
  • Study area: Europe