The Commission on Travel Demand will be launching its report “All Change: The Future of Travel Demand and its implications for policy and planning” on Thursday 3rd May. The report will be launched as part of an event stimulating wider debate from across government and practice in response to the report’s findings. For further information and details of how to book please click on the flyer below.
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.
There are three main rationales for the establishment of the Commission on Travel Demand:
- Carbon obligations which will increasingly require demand reduction
- Large scale uncertainty about what demand futures could be
- Institutional inertia in changing the way we plan
A full explanation of the rationale for the Commission can be downloaded here
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
Any queries regarding the Commission should be addressed to the Commission chair Professor Greg Marsden (firstname.lastname@example.org)