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Research project: Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices

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Throughout the world, there is a growing transport policy emphasis in sustainability and in encouraging behavioural change in the transport sector.  The Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices has been established to undertake research in this area.

The Centre is a partnership between Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton and Sustrans.  Other collaborators include Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Transport for South Hampshire.

It oversees monitoring and evaluation work related to two Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) programmes and a Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF) programme in the South Hampshire area.  It is also leading a national case study of the impact of the LSTF in congestion and carbon (for the Department for Transport), in conjunction with Transport for Greater Manchester , Leicestershire County Council and Loughborough University.  The impact of consolidation centres in road freight and logistics is being examined.  The University leads the monitoring and evaluation of various travel behaviour change schemes  (such as personalised travel plans, new interchanges and smart cards) that aim to promote sustainable travel choices. This research began in September 2012 and is undertaking separate, but inter-related, studies.  This research is being conducted at both aggregate and disaggregate levels. At the aggregate level, overall travel patterns, carbon emissions and economic data will be investigated and analysed.  New open data sources and collection methods are being investigated.  The disaggregate level research will explore individual responses to various transport interventions and online and in-person survey tools have been developed.  Adopting this two-level approach, we can effectively measure the outcomes of travel behaviour schemes at local and regional levels and relate them to particular contexts and mechanisms.

Transport for South Hampshire Area
Transport for South Hampshire Area

Related research groups

Transportation Group
Centre for Environmental Sciences
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