Understanding the basic mechanism of transport economics makes it possible, with time, to define and implement potentially sustainable transport and mobility policies. Two courses of thought are developed in this process: on the one hand, using economic analysis tools (pricing and investment choice issues, financing mode) in transport economics, and, on the other, seeking to develop and implement a consistent transport policy. As a result, the following topics are discussed in this area.
In this brochure, BRRC concentrates on the topic area of sustainable development. Sustainable development is becoming increasingly hard to ignore any sector of society, and is perceived as a potential driving force behind economic development.
This report represents a case study of the major road works undertaken on the E411-E25 motorways in the south of Belgium. The works are being undertaken over a three year period and involve long-term operations on significant sections of two key routes.
The report concentrates on traffic management issues; it presents the evolution of the planning for the road works, the performance of the initial layout, the reasons for, and consequences of, modifications to this layout, and the relationship of the results obtained to previous experience. It describes the genesis, the chronology and the course of the road works until mid-September 2004. The traffic management issues are developed extensively, including the equipment put in place and the layout options. The report provides an abundance of data pertaining to traffic and speed, both before and during the works.
Drivers are losing time and are sometimes travelling useless kilometres because the directional signing to and within industrial estates is not optimized. The INSIGN project reflected on this problem from the angle of mobility. Emphasis in this project was on the signposting of the estates themselves.
Road works are a virtually inevitable source of disruption for traffic and annoyance for roadside residents. This issue deserves full attention in road construction. By acting on the right factors it is actually possible to abate disruption and annoyance. As an impartial knowledge centre, BRRC actively participates in various research projects in this topical subject area.