Project: Review of Freight Modelling

Reference: H102F

Last update: 20/11/2003 11:50:57


The main objective of this work is to carry out a review of current freight modelling techniques around the world with a view of finding the most suitable techniques for use in Great Britain. This review will cover modelling of light goods vehicles as well as road and rail freight.


This study is a review of current freight modelling with a view to developing a national picture of freight movements. The review includes light goods vehicles as well as road and rail freight. The 1999 SACTRA report Transport and the Economy recommended that the Department should conduct a thorough review of past attempts at freight modelling and that better procedures be developed for forecasting freight.

Available data sources in GB include the Department's Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport; also the roadside interview data obtained by TfL for the London Area Transport Survey. The study has looked at the technical options to improve the Department's modelling of freight.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £203,728.51

Actual start date: 12 November 2001

Actual completion date: 05 March 2003


Review of Freight Modelling
Author: ME&P and WSP
Publication date: 01/06/2002
Source: DfT Website
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Summary of results

  1. The outcome of this research was a series of recommendations in the form of a number of reports, which were relevant to the required specification. With the use of Steering Group and 2 independent referees (John Bates & John Fearon ) the outcome is credible.

    This project was to carry out a number of research projects in the long and short term and to audit the existing freight model that is currently being used in ITEA. We have begun on commissioning projects recommendations by John Bates and John Fearon.