Steel in Transport
Mass transport has had a massive social and economic influence on the world in which we live. In the past most people lived and worked close to their place of birth and food tended to be grown locally. The advent of rapid, widely available, transport systems meant that people became far more mobile and it became economically viable to move food and goods around the world, rather than restrict people to local produce.
Steel has played a major role in the making possible the development of the major transport systems. However with the benefits have come drawbacks, particularly in terms of increased harmful emissions and use of finite natural resources.
There follows a series of three chapters which review the important role of steel in the development of the rail, automotive and transport sectors and also, more recently, how steel is helping the development of technologies to mitigate the environmental effects.