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CENV6109 Transportation Engineering: Transport Management

Module Overview

A key component of Transportation Planning and Engineering is making best use of the existing transport infrastructure by efficient transport management, using the latest technologies and Intelligent Transport Systems. This module covers this topic through a series of practical examples, predominantly in the roads sector, highlighting the extent to which various management systems can influence transport efficiency, safety and the environment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module introduces you to the principles and current practice of Traffic and Transport Management related to Transportation Engineering on both urban and interurban roads. The aim is for you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of traffic management and supporting Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications available for improved efficiency and safety of road traffic, and design/evaluation skills relating to the these applications and their integration.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Environmental traffic management and how it can be achieved.
  • How Intelligent Transport Systems can be used for managing traffic.
  • How urban public transport can be managed.
  • The management of road space and vehicle speeds for all road users.
  • Traffic management evaluation methods.
  • Traffic management, control and information systems in urban and inter-urban networks including Integrated Urban Traffic Management systems and Smart Motorways
  • Transport management methods and road safety in developing countries.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the key features of traffic management systems and appraise their potential for specific situations.
  • Analyse, design and evaluate traffic management schemes.
  • Interpret results from evaluation processes, including those based on network analysis/modelling
  • Propose and evaluate alternative designs and options.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Problem analysis and problem solving
  • Innovation in design
  • Information handling
  • Report writing
  • Time management
  • Independent research
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Prepare and produce drawings for specific traffic management schemes.


* Introduction, scope and need for traffic and transport management * Traffic management and information on inter-urban highways * Traffic management and information in urban networks * Demand management, including access control, road pricing and congestion charging * Public transport management * Environmental traffic management * Parking management and control * Speed management and traffic calming * In-vehicle management systems for driver support, control, safety and information * Evaluation of applications, including the use of macroscopic, mesoscopic and microscopic network modelling * Options and opportunities for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) * Case study

Special Features

Some lectures are given by experienced industry professionals.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, seminars, simulation demonstrations, audio-visual presentations, visits. Learning activities include: Individual design work, literature review/analysis, directed reading, private study.

External visits3
Completion of assessment task24
Wider reading or practice24
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Salter, R.J. and Hounsell (1996). Highway traffic Analysis and Design. Palgrave. 

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (1994). Transport in the urban Environment. 

Software requirements. VISSIM



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 20%
Examination  (120 minutes) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites - CENV3060 Highway and Traffic Engineering or CENV6002 Transportation Engineering Analysis & Design.

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