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Transportation: Movement of people and goods

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE


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This paper develops the concept of urban road capacity, from the traffic, pollutant emissions (both air and noise) and climate perspective. It explains that whilst technology has responded positively to the public’s love affair with the car, it has failed to prevent congestion, which continues to be a major problem in large towns and cities throughout Europe. Arguments, supported by research results, are made to justify the need for radical changes in people’s attitudes to the use of public and private transport; and to the design and operation of transport infrastructure. There is a need to move away from the traditional approach of optimising networks as traffic and transport systems but instead to minimise performance measures associated with effective movement of people and goods. Also, due consideration needs to be given to controlling the demand for travel by car in order to meet air quality and noise targets set by the European Commission in the near future. However, if climate change issues are to be addressed, there is a requirement for a dramatic reduction of the need for personal travel and freight movement and the provision for sustainable transport systems. In the presentation possible ‘futures’ are hypothesised and attempts are made to fuel debate on the implications these radical transport infrastructure changes may have on the properties of man made fibres used in the transport industry.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bell MC

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unknown

Conference Name: 46th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibres Congress

Year of Conference: 2007