The Influence of Urban Densification on Travel Demand Patterns

20 November, 2013
Ian Williams
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Researchers at Cambridge’s Department of Architecture have long investigated how urban form may influence travel demand patterns but conclusive evidence on the strength of this relationship had proved elusive. Recent research within the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, Cambridge, has demonstrated that in many of the fast growing, larger English cities a number of previously stable long term travel trends have recently gone into reverse. In contrast, these long term trends have continued to evolve largely as before within the lower density areas of England. This talk will explore how recent urban densification has influenced passenger travel demand patterns and sustainability and will consider some of the implications for future planning policy.