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Transport planning for our future

The current challenge we face with traffic is that travel demand is higher than the supply of roads. Michiel Bliemer, Professor and Chair in Transport Network, is a leading expert in transport planning and traffic management who is developing new ways to forecast traffic volumes and conditions.

The modelling currently being used around the world by governments for transport planning dates back to the 1950s. Using these outdated mathematical models to predict how a road will benefit travel time, does not take into account congestion on our roads and assumes they have unlimited capacity. This can lead to ineffective use of the tax payer money, because roads that are not benefitting travel times are being funded.

Professor Bliemer has developed new models that are able to more accurately predict the impact a new road will have on cues, flows and travel times. As an example, the average travel time for someone in Sydney is worth around $20 per hour, these new models can more accurately predict how this cost would change if a new road was built.

The outcome from the new modelling will be more effective transport planning and better use of public funds. Everybody needs to be mobile, so being able to accurately predict our transport needs for the future is essential.


Listen to an interview about the research with Professor Michiel Bliemer to learn more.

Published work

Possel B, Wismans LJJ, Van Berkum EC and Bliemer MCJ 2018 'The multi-objective network design problem using minimizing externalities as objectives: comparison of a genetic algorithm and simulated annealing framework', Transportation, vol.45:2, pp. 545-572

Batley R, Bates J, Bliemer MCJ and et al 2018 Forthcoming 'New appraisal values of travel time saving and reliability in Great Britain', Transportation

Bliemer MCJ and Raadsen M 2018 Forthcoming 'Continuous-time general link transmission model with simplified fanning, part I: Theory and link model formulation', Transportation Research Part B: Methodological

Raadsen M and Bliemer MCJ 2018 Forthcoming 'Continuous-time general link transmission model with simplified fanning, Part II: Event-based algorithm for networks', Transportation Research Part B: Methodological