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Transport Accessibility Analysis Using GIS: Assessing Sustainable Transport in London

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alistair FordORCiD, Professor Stuart Barr, Professor Richard DawsonORCiD, Professor Philip James



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120 Transport accessibility is an important driver of urban growth and key to the sustainable development of cities. This paper presents a simple GIS-based tool developed to allow the rapid analysis of accessibility by different transport modes. Designed to be flexible and use publicly-available data, this tool (built in ArcGIS) uses generalized cost to measure transport costs across networks including monetary and distance components. The utility of the tool is demonstrated on London, UK, showing the differing patterns of accessibility across the city by different modes. It is shown that these patterns can be examined spatially, by accessibility to particular destinations (e.g., employment locations), or as a global measure across a whole city system. A number of future infrastructure scenarios are tested, examining the potential for increasing the use of low-carbon forms of transport. It is shown that private car journeys are still the least cost mode choice in London, but that infrastructure investments can play a part in reducing the cost of more sustainable transport options. Normal 0 false false false EN-GB ZH-CN X-NONE

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Author(s): Ford A, Barr S, Dawson R, James P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Year: 2015

Volume: 4

Issue: 1

Pages: 124-149

Online publication date: 20/01/2015

Acceptance date: 09/01/2015

Date deposited: 18/06/2015

ISSN (electronic): 2220-9964

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/ijgi4010124


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EP/G061254/1Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council ARCADIA: ARCADIA: Adaptation and Resilience in Cities: Analysis and Decision making using Integrated Assessment project