UNCERTAINTY IN THE CONTEXT OF HIGHWAY APPRAISAL

Transport planning is based on traffic forecasts which are subject to great uncertainties. These uncertainties have generally been ignored or, at least, not explicitly included in the planning process. This paper describes the principles behind the estimation of the uncertainty (or range of error) of the forecasts of a traffic model and discusses the means by which this information can be absorbed into the decision-making in transport planning projects. These principles have been applied to the appraisal of a British highway project and throughout the paper reference is made to this project in order to illustrate the results of the practical application of an explicit treatment of uncertainty. It is believed that this approach can and should be developed for application in most areas of transport planning, leading inevitably to an improvement in the quality of the decisions taken. (Author/TRRL)

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    Elsevier Science

    Radarweg 29, P.O. Box 211
    1043NX AE Amsterdam,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Ashley, D J
  • Publication Date: 1980-10

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 249-267
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330850
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-030 990
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM