Travel, transport and energy implications of university-related student travel: A case study approach

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Title: Travel, transport and energy implications of university-related student travel: A case study approach
Authors: Davison, Lisa
Ahern, Aoife
Hine, Julian
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Date: Jul-2015
Online since: 2017-07-01T01:00:10Z
Abstract: This study highlighted significant cultural differences and complexity in travel behaviour associated with travel to university across the UK and Ireland. This paper examines university travel behaviours and the implications for emissions, across the 2012–2013 academic year, based on responses from 1049 students across 17 universities in Ireland and the UK. Surveys were analysed to examine the trips of students both during term time and when accessing the universities each year. The data analysis in this paper examines three aspects of the transport implications of travel to and from university. Firstly the journey between university and term time address (or permanent address if the respondent does not have a separate term time address), secondly the journey between the university area and a separate permanent address where relevant; and thirdly implications for emissions resulting from university-related travel. The study found that student car users were more likely to be female, older students, or studying part time; male students were more likely to use active modes. The study indicated interesting differences between students living in different parts of the UK and Ireland. For example, it was found that there was a higher level of car dependence amongst Northern Irish students compared to other areas; and a greater variability in travel distances in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In England, car use was more pronounced when students travelled from their permanent address to term time address, and, as in Ireland, there was evidence of more car sharing on such trips. Public transport usage was more pronounced amongst Scottish students. The effect of these transport choices on emissions is significant and demonstrates the importance of education related trips to the development of a transport policy response. The analysis shows that annual emissions are highest for regular travel to and from university when a student has a permanent address rather than a separate term time and permanent address.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Volume: 38
Start page: 27
End page: 40
Copyright (published version): 2015 Elsevier
Keywords: Modal choiceUniversity travelTransport emissions
DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2015.04.028
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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