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How can better planning improve transport systems?

Published: 1 February 2011Origin: Southampton Management School

Academics at the University of Southampton are joining forces in a new School of Management research group to investigate how the use of management science could improve the infrastructure of transport systems both in the UK and overseas.

Dr Tolga Bektas is leading the multidisciplinary group which will bring together interested researchers from across the University.

"We want to explore how the practical application of the various techniques of management sciences and other academic disciplines can help planners to make existing transport systems more efficient," he says.

Tolga is already involved in a £400,000 project to examine ways of improving the operational efficiency of the UK’s passenger railways, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This involves colleagues from Civil Engineering and the Environment and Mathematics.

The research group is called APOLLO, (Advanced Planning of Linked Logistics and Operations). Visit: for more information.

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