Survey techniques in urban freight transport studies

Allen, Julian, Browne, Michael and Cherrett, Tom (2012) Survey techniques in urban freight transport studies. Transport Reviews, 32, (3), 287-311. (doi:10.1080/01441647.2012.665949).


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This article reviews and assesses the various survey techniques that have been used in studies in which data have been collected to obtain an understanding of road-based urban freight transport activities. The review identified 162 such studies in 18 countries over the last 50 years, and 12 different types of urban survey technique. In the studies reviewed, establishment surveys have been the most commonly used technique, followed by freight operator surveys, vehicle observation surveys, driver surveys, roadside interview surveys, and vehicle trip diaries. Few examples of other survey techniques (commodity flow, parking, global positioning system, supplier and service provider surveys) were identified. Establishment and vehicle observation surveys have the potential to offer insight into a wider range of issues associated with urban freight deliveries and collections to and from establishments in a specific urban area than the other survey techniques reviewed. These two survey techniques can provide insight into the frequency of goods vehicles deliveries and collections by time of day and day of week, the activities involved in the loading/unloading process, and the freight requirements of individual establishments. However, all 12 survey techniques provide insight into varying aspects of urban freight operations and various combinations are therefore likely to be used in future studies.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/01441647.2012.665949
ISSNs: 0144-1647 (print)
1464-5327 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science > Transportation Research Group
ePrint ID: 337989
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
24 April 2012Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 13:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:27

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