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Professor John Preston BA, PhD, FCIHT.

Professor of Rail Transport

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John Preston is Professor of Rail Transport within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Professor Preston has just completed a term of office as Head of the Transportation Research Group (2015-20). He was previously Head of the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Academic Unit (2011-2014), Director of the Transportation Research Group (2008-10) and Head of the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment (2010-11). He has almost 40 years of experience in transport teaching and research, having previously held posts at the Universities of Leeds and Oxford. His research in transport covers demand and capacity modelling, regulatory studies, economic appraisal and land-use and environment interactions. His initial work concentrated on rail but subsequent work has covered all the major modes of transport. He has held almost 160 research grants and contracts, worth over £22 million, and has published around 370 articles, book chapters, conference and working papers.  He has successfully supervised over 30 doctoral students.

His current work at Southampton includes leadership of the Solent Future Transport Zone project and of the University’s contribution to the Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices. He is also providing transport expertise to the EPSRC AchillesDecarbonising Transport through ElectrificationTrack to the Future and MISTRAL projects. He also leads the Faculty’s Centre of Excellence of Re-engineering for Electric Mobility (RE4EM).  He previously led the iConnect consortium that undertook an evaluation of engineering interventions to promote walking and cycling, the OCCASION and DITTO projects on rail operations and contributed to the Track21 and Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium Programme Grants.

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Research interests

Current research is focussed on three broad areas. Firstly, demand, capacity and cost modelling for sustainable transport infrastructure (Achilles, Track 21, Track to the Future, Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, MISTRAL and Rail Capacity and Demand), with an emphasis on rail. Secondly, the design, monitoring and evaluation of transport interventions designed to promote sustainable choices (Solent Future Transport Zone, Metamorphosis, Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices, iConnect). Thirdly, the determination of pathways for future transport transitions (Decarbonising Transport through Electrification, Re-engineering for Electric Mobility).

Research group

Transportation Group

Affiliate research group

World Conference on Transport Research Society Special Interest Group (SIG

Research project(s)

iConnect (Impact of Constructing Non-Motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel)

Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices

Track 21 - Railway Track for the 21st Century

Rail Capacity and Demand

Research work in rail capacity at Southampton was initiated with the OCCASION project (2010-2012), followed-up with a Knowledge Transfer Secondment with Arup (2013-14) and continues with the DITTO project (2014-2017). Research work on rail demand forecasting at Southampton was initiated with Rail Research UK (2003-2010) and has continued with a series of grants, contracts and consultancy studies.

Doctoral Research Projects

Professor Preston is interested in supervising Doctoral Students in three broad areas: Transport Economics and Policy Transport, Energy and the Environment Project Economics and Management

ITRC MISTRAL – Transport Research

Solent Future Transport Zone. Theme 1: Passenger Mobility

Decision Support Systems for Resilient Strategic Transport Networks in Low Income Countries

This project will contribute to the High Volume Transport (HVT) research programme by developing and delivering what will be (to the best of our knowledge) the first multi-state transport infrastructure decision support system in a developing context.  The system will aim to support investment decisions and option selection for long distance strategic land transport projects by providing a fast and consistent methodology for comparing the advantages and disadvantages of different project options with respect to a range of sustainability indictors.  As well as covering infrastructure investments, the system will be sufficiently flexible to also allow assessment of changes to the management and operation of long-distance road and rail systems. The research is taking a regional approach, focusing on two Low Income Countries (Tanzania and Uganda) and two neighbouring Lower Middle Income Countries (Kenya and Zambia) in East Africa.  The project is led by the University of Southampton’s Transportation Research Group, in partnership with the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and supported by a range of stakeholder partners in the case study region.

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Code     Title   Role 
CENV6112 TRANSPORT, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT  Coordinator
CENV6152 PROJECT ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT     Coordinator
CENV6153 TRANSPORT MODELLING   Lecturer 
CENV6016 TRANSPORT ECONOMICS  Coordinator
CENV3065 RAILWAY ENGINEERING AND OPERATONS   Lecturer 
FEEG3003 INDIVIDUAL PROJECT  Lecturer 
FEEG6013 GROUP DESIGN PROJECT  Lecturer 
FEEG6012 MSc RESEARCH PROJECT  Lecturer
CENV6169 TRANSPORATION ENGINEERING: TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT (for 2017/18 AY)  Lecturer
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