Last update: 21 May 2014
Research commissioned in this programme includes Economics and Social Research on transport economics, transport modelling, transport costs and prices, behaviour and attitudes issues and the underpinning social research. The programme has links with other areas such as land-use planning and includes cross-cutting policy evaluations. Apart from the Economics and Social Research, the other sub-theme concentrates on research needs for Transport Direct (and Traveline).
This research mainly supports cross-Department work on modelling, appraisal and evaluation. One of the aims is to improve traffic modelling and economic advice on roads and traffic issues, and the Department's advice on appraisal methods for transport generally (not limited to advice on trunk roads). It includes application and development of NATA (the "New Approach to Appraisal" issued in 1998), and modelling for the MultiModal Corridor studies (GOMMMS). The sub-programme covers social research and evaluation, and includes behavioural and attitude issues in transport.
TASM is responsible for: the National Transport Model, and its use for the apprasial of transport policy options; advice on project / scheme appraisal, traffic and transport modelling, through the Department's Transport Appraisal Guidance (WebTAG); and, central scrutiny of Value for Money assessments, along with the overall VfM framework, guidance, and processes.
Transport Direct is an information "portal" which will provide the U.K. with a travel information service that can present the public with comparisons of travel options whether using public transport or private travel modes. Using the Internet as its primary delivery medium, Transport Direct seeks to offer a "one-stop shop" journey planning, booking and payment service. Traveline is a telephone service for public transport, particularly bus, operated using regional call centres. Research for these consumer choice areas is principally to find out better ways to deliver the information services, and to monitor their use and benefits; and to meet market needs.