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Urban Dynamic Model demonstrates wider impacts of transport

16 March 2010

Steer Davies Gleave’s Urban Dynamic Model (UDM) is being used to explore the relationship between transport, employment, housing, mode shares and carbon emissions for South Yorkshire and Merseyside.

In South Yorkshire the UDM was first applied in 2007 when it was used to demonstrate how large scale investment in transport infrastructure could have a major impact on the local economy, showing gains in employment, with associated productivity and agglomeration benefits.  Extensions to this original commission are being used to update and enhance this model.

At the same time a second implementation of the UDM, the Merseyside Strategic Model, is being upgraded to encompass modelling advances developed since it was first used in 2005.The model was first developed for the Merseyside Transport partnership, as part of its work for LTP2. The enhanced model will work hand-in-hand with the Liverpool City Region Transport Model to develop integrated land-use and transport strategies for the City Region.

Overall project director and developer of the UDM John Swanson said: “We are very pleased at this show of confidence in the UDM. The model offers a unique strategic modelling platform for demonstrating the wider impacts of transport in local and regional economies, and is the result of many years of effort and development by Steer Davies Gleave.”

Note for editors:

1. The Urban Dynamic Model is a strategic transport and land-use model developed independently by Steer Davies Gleave to model the wider interactions between transport, employment, people and land-use. It has been in continuous use and development since 2000.

Tags: Modelling
Region: UK & Ireland
Category: Press releases

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