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Head of Group: John Preston                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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 new Boldrewood Innovation Campus. The Group currently consists of 10 Academics, 22 Research/Technical staff, 13 Visiting staff and 2 Administrative support staff.

Group Overview

The Group is currently led by Professor John Preston, Professor of Rail Transport. 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.

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Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering

Engineering and Physical Sciences

University of Southampton

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Southampton SO16 7QF


Administrative officers:

Melanie Hallford

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2192


Kelly Carter

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2692


Aparna Subaiah-Varma

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7745


Sheila Stickland

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8946


Satwant Virdee

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4914



Postgraduate opportunities

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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Research Staff

List of all staff members in Transportation Group
Staff MemberPrimary Position
Farah AlkhalisiPostgraduate research student
Craig AllisonSenior Research Assistant
Hamad Raja AlmujibahPostgraduate research student
Bani AnvariVisiting Academic
John ArmstrongSenior Research Fellow
Gavin S BaileyVisiting Researcher
Victoria A BanksResearch Fellow in Human Factors Engineering
Simon BlaineyLecturer in Transportation
Simon BoxVisiting Research Fellow
Steve R BroderickPostgraduate research student
James WH BrownSenior Research Assistant
Tom CherrettProfessor of Logistics and Transport Management
Jediah ClarkPostgraduate research student in Human Factors Engineering
Louise CouttsVisiting Research Fellow
Richard DeaconPostgraduate Research Student
Jonny EvansPostgraduate research student
Daniel FayResearch Technician and PGR student
Bo GaoVisiting Researcher
Karen GhaliSurveys Research Officer
Matt GroteResearch Fellow in Transport and the Environment
Amanda Jane HaylettPostgraduate research student
Shahram HeydariLecturer in Transportation
Adrian HickfordResearch Assistant
Julian HineVisiting Professor
Nick Hounsell Visiting Professor of Highways and Traffic
Ioannis KapariasLecturer in Transport Engineering
Milan LovricResearch Fellow
Mike McDonaldEmeritus Professor of Transportation Engineering
Rich C McIlroyResearch Fellow in Global Road Safety
Fraser McLeodResearch Fellow
Aditya Tafta NugrahaPostgraduate research student
Alejandro OrtegaVisiting Research Fellow
Lee Anthony PardoePostgraduate research student (IDTC)
Katie J ParnellResearch Fellow in Human Factors Engineering
Katie PlantLecturer
John PrestonProfessor of Rail Transport
James PritchardResearch Fellow in Rail Systems
Kirsten M A RevellResearch Fellow
Aaron P.J RobertsSenior Research Fellow in Engineering Psychology
John SchoonVisiting Research Fellow
Birendra ShresthaVisiting Research Fellow
Neville StantonProfessor of Human Factors in Transport
Minh Tam VuPostgraduate research student
Ben WatersonLecturer in Transportation
Alan WongResearch Fellow
Sungbae YoonPostgraduate research student
Marcus YoungSenior Research Assistant in GIS and Transport Engineering Data

    Related Projects

    List of related projects to Transportation Group
    Related ProjectsStatus
    A brief history of transport studiesActive
    ALICIA: All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit InfrastructureActive
    An Integrated Appraisal Tool For Local Railway StationsActive
    Application of contemporary systems-based methods to reduce trauma at rail level crossingsActive
    Applications of the Perceptual Cycle Model and Schema Theory to aeronautical decision makingActive
    Are Automatic Cars Safer and more EfficientActive
    An Automated Demand Forecasting Model For New Local Railway StationsActive
    Centre for Sustainable Travel ChoicesActive
    CITYLAB (City Logistics in Living Laboratories)Active
    CityMobil2: Cities Demonstrating Cybernetic MobilityActive
    UKCRIC Strand C: Data Analytics Facility for National InfrastructureActive
    Improving Customer Experience While Ensuring Data Privacy (DICE)Active
    Doctoral Research ProjectsActive
    Predicting and mitigating small fluctuations in station dwell timesActive
    Encouraging eco-driving with multisensory feed-forward and feedback informationActive
    Freight Traffic Control 2050 (transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics) Active
    GOAL: Growing Older - Staying MobileActive
    HF-AUTO: Human Factors of Highly automated DrivingActive
    Human factors in the design of traffic management systemsActive
    I-VISION: Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-centred Aircraft CockpitsActive
    iConnect (Impact of Constructing Non-Motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel)Active
    Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)Active
    ITRC MISTRAL – Transport ResearchActive
    NEARCTIS: A Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Co-operative traffic management in the Information SocietyActive
    POINTER/ Support action for evaluation and monitoring of CIVITAS plus Active
    Rail Capacity and DemandActive
    Road Traffic MonitoringActive
    SASICE - Safety and Sustainability in Civil EngineeringActive
    Sixth Sense TransportActive
    Southampton DSP (Delivery and Servicing Plans)Active
    STRAIGHTSOL (Strategies and measures for smarter urban freight solutions)Active
    TIDE – Transport Innovation Deployment in EuropeActive
    Traffic lights that learnActive
    Wireless vehicle detection for traffic controlActive
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