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ISF Joins the Commission on Travel Demand


Nicola Spurling, Anniversary Lecturer in the ISF, has joined The Commission on Travel Demand which was launched this week. The Commission on Travel Demand is an independent group which has been assembled as part of the Research Council UK funded DEMAND Centre. It has been established to bring together the state-of-art in understanding how travel demand is changing and may change in the future, recognising controversies which exist over current forecasting practice. The Commission also explores professional practice and what would need to change for alternative ways of representing demand futures to become useful and usable by decision-makers.


Its aims are to:

  • Describe how demand is understood within the transport sector today and consider alternative approaches
  • Understand how new types of demand are emerging and old types of demand disappearing and the influences on these processes
  • Characterise the anticipated nature and speed of change in key elements of the mobility system and how this will interact with demand
  • Explore how current practice would need to change to incorporate new insights, the barriers to change and how these might be overcome

For more information about the Commission, its membership and activities please visit: http://www.demand.ac.uk/commission-on-travel-demand/

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