Department for Transport - Strategy Economics and Mobility (various projects)

Programme details

DfT Strategy Economics & Mobility

Department for Transport - Strategy Economics and Mobility (various projects)
United Kingdom
Programme type: Funding organisation
Origin: National (United Kingdom)
Duration: 2005 - 2007
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Background & policy context: 

Research commissioned in this programme includes Economics and Social Research on transport economics, transport modelling, transport costs and prices, behaviour and attitudes issues and the underpinning social research. The programme has links with other areas such as land-use planning and includes cross-cutting policy evaluations. Apart from the Economics and Social Research, two other sub-themes concentrate on research needs for Transport Direct (and Traveline) and on 'Social Inclusion, Mobility and Accessibility' (which includes research to improve travel for those with disabilities and more general research on social inclusion/exclusion issues).

Strategic Objectives: 

The objectives, in relation to each of the three sub-themes, are as follows:

  • To improve traffic modelling and economic advice on roads and traffic issues, and the Department's advice on appraisal methods for transport generally (not limited to advice on trunk roads); 
  • To improve travel for disabled and elderly persons, reduces crime or fear of crime on public transport and enables more inclusive (or more available) transport choice for low income and unwaged persons and families. Research also aids the development of engineering and technical standards supporting regulations under the Disability Discrimination Act, eg access for wheelchair users to high-floor coaches, or to railway vehicles; 
  • To find out better ways to deliver the information services, and to monitor their use and benefits; and to meet market needs.
Programme organisation: 

The transport policy context and organisation are indicated by the programme's 3 sub-themes:

  • Economics and social research, including transport modelling & appraisal
  • Social Inclusion, Mobility and Accessibility
  • Transport Direct (and Traveline).
Leading Institutions:

Public institution

Department for Transport
Type of funding: 
Public (national/regional/local)
Participating countries: 
United Kingdom
Total number of projects: 


Projects covered: 

Examples of projects within this programme include:

Audit of the Great Britain Freight Model - Land Use/Transport Interaction Modelling - Integrated National Rail Model Development - Benchmarking and Monitoring Air Travel for Disabled People - Determination of Accessible Taxi Requirements - The Link between Bus Related Crime and Other Crimes - Transport Direct: Incorporating Cost, Reliability & Other Travel Factors into Journey Planning - Bus Real-Time Information: Business Case - Impacts of ICT on Travel Patterns & Freight Distribution

Project Profiles:
  1. Accessibility regulations - Economic and Design Specifications
  2. Accessibility Testing - Research into the use of the Portal by Minority Ethnic Groups
  3. Advice on disability issues
  4. Application of existing accessibility regulations
  5. Assessing capital projects' compliance with 10yp commitment
  6. Assessing provision for disabled people in LTPs
  7. Assessment of kneeling systems on buses
  8. Assessment of route and destination displays
  9. ATD Instrumentation for Wheelchair Seating Unit Test Procedure Development
  10. Attitudes of Disabled People to Public Transport
  11. Audible and visual announcements on buses
  12. Benchmarking and monitoring air travel for disabled people
  13. Bus Real-time Information - Business Case Research
  14. Children’s travel
  15. Coach Accessibility Trial
  16. Creation of simulated private road system and in-traffic exercises
  17. Data gathering on disability and driving statistics
  18. DDA regulations - Travel instructions for the disabled (literature review)
  19. Determination of accessible taxi requirements
  20. Development of generic variability models
  21. Development of National Transport Model (Equilibrium Modelling Phase 2B)
  22. Development of standards for vehicles
  23. Disabled drivers’ braking abilities
  24. Door to Door Transport for Disabled People in London Phase 2
  25. Driving and dementia
  26. Effects of MS on driving
  27. Elderly and disabled motorists requirements
  28. Estimation of the reality factor for local road
  29. Ethnic and religious minorities transport
  30. Evaluating measures to enhance the mobility of older
  31. Evaluation of Current Information and Products Available to Disabled Drivers to Help Vehicle Choice
  32. Evaluation of multi-modal study process
  33. Examination of the provision and use of parking spaces for disabled people in central London
  34. Factoring social exclusion into local transport planning
  35. Feasibility of Measuring the Consistency of Assessment Outcomes Across the Forum of Mobility Centres
  36. Follow Up Survey of Drivers Post Injury or Illness
  37. Graffiti associated nuisance and vandalism
  38. H016E: Origin to Destination Throughput From ANPR Data
  39. H048A/B/C: Manchester motorway box
  40. H048D: Manchester Motorway Box: Post Survey Research of Induced Traffic Effects
  41. H051B: Modelling peak spreading and trip retiming
  42. H101: Linking trip ends and traffic
  43. H102C/D: Car ownership modelling in NRTF2000, equilibrium modelling in NRTF2000
  44. H102F: Review of Freight Modelling
  45. H106: LASER upgrade
  46. H107A: User-friendly multi-stage modelling advice
  47. H107B/C: Development of integrated demand and assignment modelling
  48. H109/H109B: Valuation of environmental impacts on transport, costs and benefits of noise reduction policies
  49. H109C: Valuation of transport related noise
  50. H110/H110B: National rail passenger matrix
  51. H112: Implementing consistent cost-benefit analysis for multimodal appraisal
  52. H116: Guidance on economic impact report for transport
  53. H119: Revising the values of travel time savings
  54. H120: Strategic environmental assessment
  55. H128: Evaluation of Traffic Modelling and Appraisal Research Programme
  56. H129: Development of an aggregate transport model
  57. H130: Review of income and price elasticities
  58. H131: Link Based Accident Models
  59. H132: Impact of the M6 Toll Road (BNRR): STAGE 1
  60. H133/H133A/B: Incident duration and other parameters in INCA
  61. H133A\B: Analysis and Collection of Robust Motorway Variability Data
  62. H134B: GB Freight Model - Regional Pilot for Economic / Logistic Methods
  63. H135: Development of National Transport Model (Equilibrium Modelling Phase 2B)
  64. H139A: Land use Transport Interaction Modelling Part 1 - Balancing Areas from 2001 Census
  65. H139B: Land use Transport Interaction Modelling Part 2 - Household Location
  66. H139C: Land use Transport Interaction Modelling Part 3 - Business Location
  67. H142/142A: Generic Urban Models
  68. Impact of ICT on travel patterns and freight
  69. Implications of RVAR (Rail Vehicle Access Regulations) Compliance
  70. Improving Driver Steering Controls
  71. Improving on-train personal security
  72. Improving staff - Passenger relations
  73. In-car safety of women
  74. Include Cycle Journeys in NE England Journey Planner
  75. Increasing the availability of private hire services
  76. Integrated National Rail Model Development
  77. Internet Passenger Transport Information Best Practice
  78. Knowledge map - Access for disabled people
  79. Land Use / Transport Interaction Modelling Part 2 - Household Location
  80. Land Use / Transport Interaction Modelling Part 3 - Business Location
  81. Monitoring of Safety Initiatives and Improvements in Scheme Appraisal - Highway Accident Rates
  82. Older People & Driving Cessation
  83. Perceptions of crime on public transport (5 year review)
  84. Personalised security issues on buses
  85. Quality and use aspects of vehicle adaptions
  86. R111: Using the Criminal Justice System to Reduce Transport Crime
  87. R112: Assessment of Low Floor Small Buses
  88. R113: Use of Colour Contrast in Rail Vehicles
  89. R116: Masses and Dimensions of Occupied Wheelchairs
  90. Rail vehicle accessibility - Platform to vehicle gaps
  91. Reducing Crime at Rail Stations in Socially Excluded/High Crime Locations
  92. Review of Class 2 & 3 Invalid Carriages
  93. Review of Class 2 & 3 Invalid Carriages Review
  94. Review of DPTAC Guidance on the Design of Large Passenger Ships and Passenger Infrastructure to Meet the Needs of Disabled People
  95. Review Of Driving Advice / Assessment Services For Older Drivers
  96. Review of orange badge scheme
  97. Review of research into improved elasticity models
  98. Review of standards for travel information
  99. Road User Charging - Pricing Structures
  100. Rural Accessibility and Cancer Survival
  101. Secure stations review
  102. Secure transport pilot route
  103. Social Exclusion - Integrated Transport Systems in a Rural Area
  104. Stability and seating needs of the disabled driver
  105. Staffing Options on Public Transport Journeys
  106. Surface Transport Costs and Charges
  107. Taxi, Use and Design
  108. Technical Advice and Development of Guidance on Accessibility Regulations
  109. Testing of cars with control adaptations
  110. Testing of wheelchair restraint in vehicles
  111. The impacts of futures scenarios on integrated transport policies
  112. The impacts of Land-use Planning on Transport Demand and Congestion
  113. The Importance of Transport in Business' Location Decisions - Scoping Study
  114. The role of transport in city competitiveness
  115. Transport and social exclusion
  116. Transport crime and young people - Bus driver training
  117. Transport direct - Data management framework
  118. Transport direct - Evaluation framework
  119. Transport Direct - Review On Existing Research On Travel Information And Retailing
  120. Transport Direct Market Research
  121. Transport Direct: Plusbus Integrated Ticketing
  122. Travel time variability
  123. Travel Training for Disabled Students
  124. Traveline - Market Research
  125. Traveline qualitative performance monitoring
  126. Understanding the Transport Requirements of Young People
  127. Using community transport to reduce social exclusion
  128. Validity of the Stroke Drivers' Screening Assessment
  129. Warning Systems for Sensory Impaired People on Trains
  130. Wheelchair dimensions and public transport
  131. Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Improvements: Link Between city size & Productivity
Contact Name: 
Contact Email: 
Department for Transport
Research and Technology Strategy, Zone 4/19, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street
Contact country: 
United Kingdom
(+44) 207 944 8300
Fax Number: 
(+44) 207 944 2356