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Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering Edited by C. A. O'Flaherty
Contributing authors: MGH Bell, PW BonsaU, GR Leake, AD May, CA Nash and CA O'Flaherty.
First edition published by Arnold 1997
Reprinted 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
Part 1: Planning for transport
Part 2: Traffic surveys and accident investigations
Part 3: Design for capacity and safety
Part 4: Traffic management
In 1967 I wrote a basic textbook entitled Highways that was aimed at undergraduate civil engineers who were interested in centring their careers on highway planning, design and construction.
The Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering book was well received and subsequently two further editions were prepared. These later editions were each divided into two volumes, one dealing with those aspects of particular interest to the young traffic engineer,
And the other with the physical location, structural design, and materials used in the construction of highways.
When I was invited by the Publisher to prepare a fourth edition, I resolved instead to invite some of the top engineering educationalists in Britain to collaborate with me in the preparation of two new books.
In this first volume Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering I am very fortunate that Mike Bell, Peter Bonsall, Gerry Leake, Tony May and Chris Nash agreed to participate in this endeavour.
All are recognised experts in their fields and I am honoured to be associated with them in this Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering book. Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering is essentially divided into four parts.
The first part (Chapters 1-11) deals with planning for transport, and concentrates on the historical evolution of the transport task; transport administration and planning at the governmental level in Britain;
Principles underlying the economic and environmental assessment of transport improvement proposals, and of transport analysis and forecasting; contrasting traffic and travel demand-management strategies;
A basic approach to the development of a town centre parking plan; planning for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled persons; roles and characteristics of the various transport systems in current use; and introductory approaches to the planning of public transport and freight transport systems.
Planning of any form is of limited value unless based on sound data. Thus the second part (Chapters 12-15) is concerned with issues in survey design; observational and participatory transport surveys;
And studies relating to the prevention, investigation and reduction of road accidents. The third part (Chapters 16-23) deals with practical road design for capacity and safety.
It covers an introduction to traffic flow theory; the US highway capacity manual and British design-standard approaches to road design; road accident considerations;
The geometric design of roads (including intersections) for both safety and capacity; an introduction to computer-aided design; road lighting; and the design of off-street parking facilities.
The final part (Chapters 24-28) is concerned with the management and control of traffic in, mainly, urban areas. As such it concentrates on regulatory methods of traffic management;
In situ physical methods of traffic control; traffic signal control at intersections and in networks; and the role and types of driver information systems.
Whilst this Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering book is primarily aimed at senior undergraduate and postgraduate university students studying transport and traffic engineering I believe that it will also be of value to practising engineers and urban planners.
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