The Implications of Freight Logistics for Urban Development and Sustainable Future Transport

Author(s): O'Connor, Kevin
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Publication year: 2007
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Research theme: Policy and Planning, Urban Freight
Economic geography; transport geography; urban planning; logistics; global cities; airports; suburban development
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Much thinking on future urban transport involves commuting and personal travel, and has begun to emphasise the benefits of higher density residential development. However, there are other important transport uses. These include logistics arrangements to move freight. These activities have a direct effect on future transport as they compete for the use of roads and railways, and require land‐extensive local infrastructure. They also shape commercial location, so can redistribute jobs and can contribute to changes in the location of the housing, which in turn can change transport patterns. Hence to promote and sustain an ever—evolving transportation system in a large urban area it is essential to have an understanding of current and likely future freight movement. This project set out to identify the ways that logistics systems influence current and future urban transport.
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