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Investigating relationships between road freight transport, facility location, logistics management and urban form

Investigating relationships between road freight transport, facility location, logistics management and urban form
Investigating relationships between road freight transport, facility location, logistics management and urban form
This paper examines road freight transport activity and its relationship with urban form through an analysis of 14 selected urban areas in the UK. Improved understanding of this relationship will assist planners when making transport and land use decisions. The findings suggest that several geographical, spatial and land use factors have important influences on freight activity in urban areas. Commercial and industrial land use patterns affect the types and quantities of goods produced, consumed, and hence the total quantity of freight transport handled. This also influences the distances over which goods are moved and by what specific mode. There has been relatively low growth in warehousing in many of the areas over the last decade compared to the national average as well as a shift to suburbanisation of warehousing in some locations. This affects the origin and destination of journeys visiting these facilities and typically increases the distance of such journeys. A greater proportion of road freight has been shown to be lifted on internal journeys in large urban areas than in smaller ones. Journeys within urban areas have been shown to be less efficient than journeys to and from the urban area in the 14 locations studied due to the much smaller average vehicle carrying capacities and lower lading factors for journeys within urban areas. The length of haul on journeys to and from urban areas studied was found to be greatest for those areas with a major seaport and/or which were geographically remote. This affects the road freight transport intensity of goods transport journeys.
0966-6923
45-57
Allen, Julian
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Browne, Mike
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Cherrett, T.J.
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Allen, Julian
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Browne, Mike
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Cherrett, T.J.
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Allen, Julian, Browne, Mike and Cherrett, T.J. (2012) Investigating relationships between road freight transport, facility location, logistics management and urban form. Journal of Transport Geography, 24, 45-57. (doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.06.010).

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This paper examines road freight transport activity and its relationship with urban form through an analysis of 14 selected urban areas in the UK. Improved understanding of this relationship will assist planners when making transport and land use decisions. The findings suggest that several geographical, spatial and land use factors have important influences on freight activity in urban areas. Commercial and industrial land use patterns affect the types and quantities of goods produced, consumed, and hence the total quantity of freight transport handled. This also influences the distances over which goods are moved and by what specific mode. There has been relatively low growth in warehousing in many of the areas over the last decade compared to the national average as well as a shift to suburbanisation of warehousing in some locations. This affects the origin and destination of journeys visiting these facilities and typically increases the distance of such journeys. A greater proportion of road freight has been shown to be lifted on internal journeys in large urban areas than in smaller ones. Journeys within urban areas have been shown to be less efficient than journeys to and from the urban area in the 14 locations studied due to the much smaller average vehicle carrying capacities and lower lading factors for journeys within urban areas. The length of haul on journeys to and from urban areas studied was found to be greatest for those areas with a major seaport and/or which were geographically remote. This affects the road freight transport intensity of goods transport journeys.

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Published date: September 2012
Organisations: Transportation Group

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Local EPrints ID: 348294
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/348294
ISSN: 0966-6923
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