Our research focuses on how new forms of data can be used to better understand travel behaviour, the effectiveness of transport infrastructure investments, public transport accessibility and ridership, and future transport services including autonomous vehicles and ride hailing services.

Transport is a key urban sector with inextricable links to other sectors such as housing, environment, energy, and the economy. This complexity has led to numerous analytical approaches being developed and applied over the past decades. Many approaches are data-driven, requiring high quality data combined with suitable analytical procedures and models. Big data (e.g., from traffic sensors, smartphone apps, CCTV, or ticket sales) combined with traditional transport data (e.g., travel surveys) presents new opportunities for transport researchers to investigate global challenges in transport more rigorously. We collect and validate several new forms of transport data, and use approaches such as simulation, advanced statistical modelling, and machine learning to provide actionable insights to planners, policy makers, and industry.

Our current research focuses on active travel, ICT use, public health, rail ridership and impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles. Specifically, we focus on:

  • Improving approaches to the appraisal and evaluation of cycling infrastructure using big data
  • Working with industry to understand how rail ridership is affected by factors such as the changing nature of the labour market, different types of disruptions, and extreme weather events
  • Understanding how connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) will affect labour markets, job accessibility, and future travel demand.

Learn more about our work on Transport & Infrastructure by exploring the research projects below.

Infrastructure investments and active travel

The benefits of cycling (e.g., improving public health and making cities more active and environmentally friendl...

Rail ridership and accessibility

Cities around the world suffer from congestion due to the excessive use of private cars. This leads to numerous...

Future transport services

This project examines future forms of transport services and infrastructure which are likely to be transformed b...