Adapting Strategic Niche Management for Evaluating Radical Transport Policies----The Case of the Durham Road Access Charging Scheme

This article explains the use of a Travel Demand Management (TDM) strategy for the Durham Road area in Durham, England. TDM is a broad term used for a variety of strategies that encourage more efficient use of transportation resources (road and parking space, vehicle capacity, funding). The authors of this article discuss Strategic Niche Management (SNM) as a simpler system used to evaluate and manage the introduction of new and innovative transport technologies. The authors describe how the resulting technique is applied retrospectively to the case of the Durham Road Charging scheme, in which motorists pay a fee when leaving a charge zone. The charge zone is a busy area, incorporating several large and important institutions, including the Cathedral and Castle, the University of Durham, a number of colleges, the Chorister school, large and small shops, and a small number of residents. Cars leaving the area between 10am and 4pm on Monday to Saturday must pay the fee. Following the introduction of the charge, traffic was reduced by 80%. The authors conclude that although Durham represents a very small congestion-charging scheme, its development and implementation offer lessons for larger projects in the future. The authors also note the importance of early partnerships set up between the implementing host and the various partners that provided technologies and services necessary for the operation and enforcement of the policy.

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  • Authors:
    • Ieromonachou, Petros
    • Potter, Stephen
    • Enoch, Marcus
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01003009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 5 2005 10:06AM