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Transport Policy Options

The generic transport options being considered are:

Trend: A scenario where the level of investment in transport is the trend of current plans and policies to year 2016 extrapolated further into the future to 2031. The trend is a combination of highway and public transport investment. It includes area wide road user charging, even though this is not currently part of UK government policy. Road user charging has been included for the ‘trend’ and all of the other options because it is likely to be needed to explore the full sustainability potential of the ‘compact city’ option. The main aim of this research is to test the sustainability of different spatial land use and transport policies, rather than road pricing. Given that the project only has the resources to test a very limited number of options, and that road user charging is likely to have a substantial but similar effect on all of the options, then if charging is included for the ‘compact city,’ it should be included for all of the other options. Differences between the options will then be due to the spatial policies, rather than the presence or absence of road user charging.

Public transport improvement: This option has the same amount of investment in transport as the trend but all of this investment from 2016 to 2031 is used to improve public transport.

Highways improvement: This option has the same amount of investment in transport as the trend but all of this investment from 2016 to 2031 is used to improve the highways network.

 

EPSRC
The Martin Centre, University of Cambridge Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London Transport Operations Research Group, Newcastle University