Taking the bus: incorporating public transport timetable data into health care accessibility modelling


Martin, David, Jordan, Hannah and Roderick, Paul (2008) Taking the bus: incorporating public transport timetable data into health care accessibility modelling. Environment and Planning A, 40, (10), 2510-2525. (doi:10.1068/a4024).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a4024

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This paper is concerned with geographical access to hospital services by public transport. By taking advantage of newly available public transport timetable data, a software tool is developed for the analysis of bus travel times under specified journey scenarios. The example of population access to Derriford Hospital in Devon, England, is used to illustrate the application of these methods, and the social and spatial pattern of accessibility by bus is explored. The analysis reveals substantial differences between access by public and private transport, and highlights the difficulty of combining conventional drive-time analysis with the discontinuous accessibility provided by public transport. There is a need for more attention to be paid to the incorporation of public transport in accessibility modelling.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0308-518X (print)
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Keywords: public transport, accessibility, health care, modelling, timetable
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine
ePrint ID: 63303
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:45
Contact Email Address: D.J.Martin@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63303

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