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Head of Group: Tom Cherrett The Transportation Research Group (TRG) is one of the UK's longest established and leading centres for engineering-related transport teaching and research. It was established at the University of Southampton in 1967 and is based at the University's Boldrewood Innovation Campus. The Group currently consists of 10 Academics, 18 Research/Technical staff, 13 Visiting staff and one Administrative support staff.

The Group is currently led by Professor Tom Cherrett, Professor of Logistics and Transport Management. Other academic members of TRG at present are:

Research in TRG is wide-ranging and aimed at helping to secure sustainable transport systems for the UK and the world. The context for our research is our view of transport as a socio-technical system, capable of delivering sustainable outcomes - but also with the potential for unsustainable outcomes if the interaction between technology (vehicles, infrastructure, informatics, etc) and Society (Users, Operators, Government, etc) are not adequately addressed.

We are particularly interested in how society shapes, and is shaped by, technological developments in transport, commonly termed Intelligent Transport systems (ITS). This requires an inter-disciplinary approach involving (at least!) engineering, economics and social sciences.

TRG’s research is multi-modal, covering both passenger and freight transport, whilst also examining the scope for information technology to act as a complement or substitute for transport. We have particular expertise in fundamental and applied research in traffic management and control, safety, the environment/sustainability, bus and rail operations, freight/logistics and walking and cycling.

Facilities supporting TRG research include (i) The Southampton University Driving Simulator (SUDS), which comprises a Land Rover Discovery vehicle linked to the STISM Drive M500W – Wide Field-of-View System with Comprehensive Vehicle Dynamics Model and Active Steering and (ii) a fully Instrumented Vehicle (IV) for on-road measurements of vehicle kinematic characteristics, the proximity of surrounding vehicles, driver visual search behaviour, and driving environment/in-vehicle operations, all recorded in a data logging system.

The principal sponsoring bodies for our research are the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Commission (EC), Central Government, Transport for London (TfL), other Local Authorities and private organisations. TRG research income is currently some £4.2m.

Research by the Transportation Research Group (TRG) at the University of Southampton has contributed to the development of sustainable road transport networks both in the UK and other leading cities worldwide.  Further information can be found here.

Integral to our research activities is our MSc Programme in Transportation Planning and Engineering, which TRG has run since 1969. This continues to be a highly successful Programme attracting over 30 full-time and part-time students each year.

For full details of our current portfolio of research, please see our annual TRG Research Report. 

Useful Downloads:

Annual TRG Research Report


Contact us

Melanie Hallford
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2192

Satwant Virdee
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7745

Azra Jaffry
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4914

Research (PGR)

We offer excellent Postgraduate Research (PGR) programmes for students. These include opportunities for PhD research in all aspects of Transport as well as the 4 year Industry-sponsored Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Programme in Transport and the Environment.

You can find all of our projects with guaranteed funding here


Taught (PGT)

For taught postgraduate programmes (PGT), we offer one of the leading Masters Programmes in Transportation Planning and Engineering in the UK, established in 1969 and available as full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years) options.




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List of related projects to Transportation Group
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GOAL: Growing Older - Staying MobileActive
A brief history of transport studiesActive
Applications of the Perceptual Cycle Model and Schema Theory to aeronautical decision makingActive
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Solent Future Transport ZoneActive
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POINTER/ Support action for evaluation and monitoring of CIVITAS plus Active
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REASON: REsilient Autonomous SOcio-cyber-physical ageNtsActive
Sixth Sense TransportActive
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ALICIA: All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit InfrastructureActive
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Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)Dormant
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