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What factors contribute to induced traffic on new roads?

Tom van Vuren Divisional director, Mott MacDonald Birmingham B3 Visiting professor University of Leeds
12 May 2017

The Transport for Quality of Life report that David Metz refers to (Letters LTT 28 Apr) compares traffic flows on a number of individual road schemes with county and regional trends, with the aim to control for background traffic growth. This difference is considered to be induced traffic, enabled by the opening of the scheme.

The report explains that such an increase in traffic may occur as a result of mode shifting, destination changes or more trips being made (trip frequency increases). And,...

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