Transport Research Group

Established in 1996, TRI staff are now key players in transport planning in Scotland.  TRI is the most well-known transport research group in Scotland and in the top ten in the UK.

  • In road safety, a Qatar Foundation funded project on pedestrian safety in Qatar (Saleh) has significantly enhanced knowledge of this issue in Middle Eastern contexts.  At home, work for Transport Scotland (Llewellyn) is studying safety impacts of intelligent road studs at junctions, but also conducting new research on driver eye height to input to updated design standards.
  • Recent work on public transport economics includes a study of local public transport franchising in Norway, Denmark and Sweden for the Urban Transport Group (Rye). Whilst Cowie has produced high quality outputs analysing productivity and consumer surplus in the UK’s privatised rail and bus industry, and Fonzone carried out a study of public transport fares strategies in cities round the world, published by the European Mass Transit Association (EMTA).
  • Our work on modelling of individual transport users’ behaviour (TBC) covers users’ route choice responses to crowding in stations and to real time traveller information (Fonzone);
  • In the field of electric vehicles, ENU (Muneer) has developed a niche in the area of using onboard solar power for auxiliary heating and cooling.
  • Finally, in the area of comparative transport policy and policy transfer, TRI has enjoyed considerable success with six EU funded projects running