Project: Base Year Freight Matrices

Reference: R181

Last update: 15/08/2013 16:23:04


The contract is divided into two phases:
1) scoping and design - a draft report that describes the data that has been assembled, specifies the zoning system and segmentation to be used, and sets out in detail the methods to be adopted in building and validating base year matrices
2) National implementation - A satisfactorily-validated set of base year freight matrices at national level and the conversion factors necessary to represent these as vehicle movements and a final report of the project, describing the resulting matrices, how they were built from the available data, and how well they validate.


Efficient freight transport is essential to the UK economy and to its prosperity. In turn, economic growth increases demand for goods and therefore for their transportation - locally, nationally and internationally. Goods need to be moved freely, reliably and efficiently, while minimising the impact on safety, the environment and other transport users. A sound understanding of freight movement is essential for the creation of realistic freight models used for policy, strategy and scheme appraisal.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £181,151.00

Actual start date: 30 April 2007

Expected completion date: 30 April 2011