Transport Research

In the transport sector, RAND Europe provides expertise in understanding travel behaviour, policy analysis, foresight and future analysis, and new technology assessment to understand better the impacts of new technologies on travel.

Our evidence-based methods include literature review, qualitative interviews, expert elicitation methods (Delphi, workshops), quantitative surveys as well as economic and quantitative analysis. We also provide world-class expertise in developing travel demand models to predict future travel demand at urban, regional and national levels.

Featured Research

  • Traffic on the streets of London

    Developing a New Transport Demand Model for the London Area

    With rising populations in London leading to higher demand on road and transport networks, Transport for London asked researchers to develop a new strategic travel model for London, which will be used to develop strategic land use and transport policy scenarios to assist with future investment in London’s transport systems.

Selected Research

  • Rush hour on the A38(M) urban motorway at Aston, Birmingham, UK.

    A review of induced travel demand

    28 Nov 2018

    Through an extensive literature review, researchers found evidence that road capacity improvements result in induced travel demand, but most of the evidence came from large metropolitan areas outside the UK. More evidence from local studies would be helpful to ensure induced travel demand is properly accounted for in appraisal of capacity improvements to the UK's Strategic Road Network.

  • A New Transport Model for South East Wales

    18 Sep 2018

    RAND Europe researchers developed models capable of predicting levels of transport demand in South East Wales in response to a range of different policy options and in light of demographic changes.

  • Container ships in a port at sunset

    Improved connectivity would benefit China's BRI

    08 Aug 2018

    Trade routes developed as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aim to promote regional cooperation in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Improving multimodal transport infrastructure and connectivity in the BRI region would likely benefit all partners, and rail improvements would have the greatest impact.

  • Buses in Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, Scotland

    More data needed on bus demand elasticities and diversion factors

    09 Jul 2018

    To plan and invest appropriately, policymakers need to understand the impact of price, journey time and other variables on bus passenger demand. More research and data are needed to help future policy efforts, according to a review of the evidence.

  • Google's self-driving car

    Would the EU Benefit from Common Liability Rules for Autonomous Vehicles?

    20 Apr 2018

    Researchers explored the potential impacts of AVs on European car manufacturers, the insurance industry, connected industries and markets, and those who provide public provision of services and supervise compliance.

  • H.C. Andersens Boulevard - January Evening in Copenhagen

    Quantifying travellers’ willingness to pay for a tolled tunnel in central Copenhagen

    21 Mar 2018

    Stated choice experiments helped researchers quantify the willingness of car and van travellers to pay to use a proposed new tunnel to cross to and from Amager in central Copenhagen. The results from this study will inform the Danish Road Directorate's proposed new infrastructure.

  • Updating the UK National Car Ownership Model

    22 Dec 2017

    The UK car ownership model was known to over-predict car ownership in dense urban areas, particularly London. In re-estimating the UK's current car ownership models using more recent data, researchers made improvements to the model specifications.

  • Trucks and port infrastructure, Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil. July 2006

    Supporting Brazilian Regulation to Encourage Private Investment

    09 May 2017

    Regulatory frameworks enable a business environment that encourages private investment. Researchers prepared a roadmap for logistics infrastructure investments for the Brazilian Ministries of Planning and Finance.