Project: Impacts of ICT on Travel Patterns & Freight Distribution

Reference: UG324

Last update: 03/11/2003 14:28:09


The 10 year plan for transport noted the difficulty in predicting the future impacts of the internet, e-commerce and teleworking and the lack of evidence on trends. This research was an attempt to discern whether there were trends and to bring together such research as there is in this area.


This project intends to deliver a report that

1. documents and evaluates research done to date in this field;
2. clarifies the research methods used by different studies and the conclusions reached;
3. outlines a qualitative framework, and if possible a quantitative version, showing how different ICT developments including those resulting in changed work patterns have translated into transport demand changes using the various methods;
4. assess what further research would assist DETR to meet its objectives in this area.


HOP Associates
55 West Street , Comerton, Cambridge, CB3 7DS
01223 264485

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £31,250.21

Actual start date: 11 July 2001

Actual completion date: 24 January 2002


The impacts of ICT on travel behaviour and freight distribution patterns
Author: HOP ASSOCIATES on behalf of DfT (DTLR)
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Source: DfT Website
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Summary of results

  1. The final report produced an interesting and informative synthesis and evaluation of the available literature relating to the impacts of ICT on transport, summarising the key findings.

    Its conclusions usefully pointed to where gaps in primary quantitative research aspects lay, describing also the weaknesses in certain defined data and methodologies used. A number of the of recommendations for the best approaches to plug those knowledge gaps have been pursued in subsequent work commissioned by DfT which has produced a clearer picture of the issues and state of the art.

Departmental Assessment Status: Project completed prior to the implementation of the Departmental publication scheme