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Transport visions network - Report 4 - Vehicles and infrastructure

Marsden, Greg; Lyons, Glenn; Beecroft, Mark; Chatterjee, Kiron

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Greg Marsden

Mark Beecroft


This is the fourth in a series of reports to be produced by the Transport Visions Network. The Network is a novel venture to project the views of young professionals into the debate concerning the future of transport and its role in society. It is comprised of individuals who are aged 35 or under from universities, consultancies and public authorities both in the UK and overseas.

This report examines how vehicles and infrastructure might be used to develop the UK’s surface transport networks of the future. In doing so, it has attempted to highlight the balance between maintaining existing systems and making the best use of technological advances to develop new vehicles and new systems. Technological advances offer the opportunity to increase the capacity that any system of infrastructure can provide. Preferably technology should be harnessed to develop systems that increase the number of people per hour that we move rather than the number of vehicles per hour. Measures such as dedicated lanes and intelligent charging can facilitate this. Similarly, greater support for car sharing and innovative forms of shared vehicle ownership could help achieve such aims. The improvements in throughput in people per hour achieved through these measures may also deliver vastly enhanced energy efficiency per kilometre moved.


Marsden, G., Lyons, G., Beecroft, M., & Chatterjee, K. (2002). Transport visions network - Report 4 - Vehicles and infrastructure

Report Type Project Report
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 12, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
ISBN 1-899650-28-8
Keywords futures, vehicle technology, transport infrastructure
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Additional Information Additional Information : Project undertaken by Southampton University’s Transportation Research Group


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