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EPSRC Reference: GR/S90829/01
Title: Design & Implementation Support Tools for Integrated Local Land Use, Transport & the Environment (DISTILLATE)
Principal Investigator: May, Professor AD
Other Investigators:
Kuylenstierna, Dr J Jones, Professor PM Paulley, Professor N
Hull, Professor A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr S Cinderby Dr J Forrester Ms J King
Mr M Page
Project Partners:
Bath and North East Somerset Council Blackpool Council Bristol City Council
City of York Council Essex County Council Leeds City Council
Merseytravel PTE Metro PTE Newcastle City Council
Nottingham City Council Sheffield City Council South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Exec
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Strathclyde Partnership Transport Surrey County Council
Yorkshire and Humber Assembly
Department: Institute for Transport Studies
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 14 April 2004 Ends: 13 April 2008 Value (£): 1,377,318
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Transport Ops & Management Urban & Land Management
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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This four-year research programme represents a major collaborative effort between four academic institutions and a research establishment, collectively providing a wide range of disciplinary skills and practical experience, the content of which reflects the priorities of our local authority partners. The research seeks to develop improved tools and techniques to assist in the planning, design and implementation of sustainable transport and land use strategies and schemes, and to test them by working with local authorities in a series of case studies.The programme is divided into five inter-related Core research tasks (plus a co-ordination and dissemination task) and four Plus projects, each of which meets one of the sub-objectives listed above. Core Task 1 provides the central integrative feature of the programme; by reviewing documentation and interviewing key staff, it produces a conceptual map of the problems and issues affecting the delivery of integrated and sustainable transport/land use solutions in a range of local authority administrative settings; it will also coordinate the feedback of outputs from the other research tasks, to ensure that they meet local needs. Core Task 2 seeks to improve the quality of transport/land use strategies and schemes by enhancing the range, innovation and quality of the options that are generated to be input to the forecasting and appraisal procedures. Core Task 3 establishes an effective set of core indicators that are able to encapsulate the concerns of various stakeholder groups, to be transparent and measurable, and to take due account of links with forecasting and appraisal. Core Task 4 aims to develop novel solutions to problems where effective outcomes depend on the cooperation of multiple actors. Core Task 5 seeks to develop improved methods for dealing with different funding strategies that could affect scheme design and successful implementation, and to suggest how phasing of implementation should be handled at the planning stage.Plus Project 1 enhances existing predictive transport and land use models so that they can be used more effectively and intensively by local authorities and other stakeholders, and includes the development of an optimisation technique for strategy generation. Plus Project 2 explores the enhancement of appraisal techniques concentrating on three areas: (1) the investigation of the role of value of time and incorporation of quality of life indicators; (ii) the development of methodologies for appraising small schemes and 'soft' measures; and (iii) development of methods for the assessment of distributional effects. Plus Project 3 aims to refine and develop tools and techniques for stakeholder and community engagement to assist in the generation, planning, and implementation of sustainable transport policies. Plus Project 4 seeks to improve the effectiveness of post-implementation project operation, to meet the expectations and needs of stakeholders and users, by improving and enhancing the planning processes at an appropriate early stage to take account of operational issues.
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