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Department for Transport - Strategy Economics and Mobility (various projects)


DfT Strategy Economics & Mobility

Department for Transport - Strategy Economics and Mobility (various projects)

Background & policy context: 

Research commissioned in this programme includes Economics and Social Research on transport economics, transport modelling, transport costs and prices, behaviour and attitudes issues and the underpinning social research. The programme has links with other areas such as land-use planning and includes cross-cutting policy evaluations. Apart from the Economics and Social Research, two other sub-themes concentrate on research needs for Transport Direct (and Traveline) and on 'Social Inclusion, Mobility and Accessibility' (which includes research to improve travel for those with disabilities and more general research on social inclusion/exclusion issues).

Strategic Objectives: 

The objectives, in relation to each of the three sub-themes, are as follows:

  • To improve traffic modelling and economic advice on roads and traffic issues, and the Department's advice on appraisal methods for transport generally (not limited to advice on trunk roads); 
  • To improve travel for disabled and elderly persons, reduces crime or fear of crime on public transport and enables more inclusive (or more available) transport choice for low income and unwaged persons and families. Research also aids the development of engineering and technical standards supporting regulations under the Disability Discrimination Act, eg access for wheelchair users to high-floor coaches, or to railway vehicles; 
  • To find out better ways to deliver the information services, and to monitor their use and benefits; and to meet market needs.
Programme organisation: 

The transport policy context and organisation are indicated by the programme's 3 sub-themes:

  • Economics and social research, including transport modelling & appraisal
  • Social Inclusion, Mobility and Accessibility
  • Transport Direct (and Traveline).
Leading Institutions:

Department for Transport

Type of funding:
Participating countries: 
United Kingdom
Total number of projects: 


Projects covered: 

Examples of projects within this programme include:

Audit of the Great Britain Freight Model - Land Use/Transport Interaction Modelling - Integrated National Rail Model Development - Benchmarking and Monitoring Air Travel for Disabled People - Determination of Accessible Taxi Requirements - The Link between Bus Related Crime and Other Crimes - Transport Direct: Incorporating Cost, Reliability & Other Travel Factors into Journey Planning - Bus Real-Time Information: Business Case - Impacts of ICT on Travel Patterns & Freight Distribution

Project Profiles:
  1. Accessibility regulations - Economic and Design Specifications
  2. Accessibility Testing - Research into the use of the Portal by Minority Ethnic Groups
  3. Attitudes of Disabled People to Public Transport
  4. Bus Real-time Information - Business Case Research
  5. Development of National Transport Model (Equilibrium Modelling Phase 2B)
  6. Implications of RVAR (Rail Vehicle Access Regulations) Compliance
  7. Integrated National Rail Model Development
  8. Land Use / Transport Interaction Modelling Part 2 - Household Location
  9. Land Use / Transport Interaction Modelling Part 3 - Business Location
  10. Monitoring of Safety Initiatives and Improvements in Scheme Appraisal - Highway Accident Rates
  11. Reducing Crime at Rail Stations in Socially Excluded/High Crime Locations
  12. Review of Class 2 & 3 Invalid Carriages
  13. Review of DPTAC Guidance on the Design of Large Passenger Ships and Passenger Infrastructure to Meet the Needs of Disabled People
  14. Rural Accessibility and Cancer Survival
  15. Social Exclusion - Integrated Transport Systems in a Rural Area
  16. Surface Transport Costs and Charges
  17. Transport Direct Market Research
Contact Name: 
Contact Email: 
Department for Transport
Research and Technology Strategy, Zone 4/19, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street
Contact country:
(+44) 207 944 8300
Fax Number: 
(+44) 207 944 2356