The effect of multi-combination freight vehicles in urban traffic

Lake, Maree, Ferreira, Luis, & Stewart, David (2002) The effect of multi-combination freight vehicles in urban traffic. In Sucharov, L. & Brebbia, C. A. (Eds.) Urban Transport and the Environment VIII. Wessex Institute of Technology, pp. 233-244.

PDF (63kB)


The use of heavy vehicles that are capable of carrying increased loads has continued to increase rapidly. Such vehicles, such as B-Doubles, Road-Trains and other large sized vehicles, are termed here as Multi-Combination Vehicles (MCV). Significant economic benefits result from the use of such innovative vehicles, which are able to carry up to twice the payload of standard semi-trailers. Those benefits, however, need to be traded-off against the potentially negative impacts on other road users, such as additional delays in urban areas. The research detailed here will deliver an increased understanding of some of those impacts by investigating models which can be used to estimate delays to other road users. Preliminary results from adding small numbers of MCV for a freeway section and an intersection demonstrated a significant adverse impact on the performance of the network. These results imply higher passenger car equivalent values than those commonly used for MCV. Further research is being conducted, including calibrating the input parameters and performing the same network simulations on other microsimulation packages to compare the results.

Impact and interest:

0 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

1,163 since deposited on 07 Nov 2005
121 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 2389
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This is the author’s manuscript version of the work. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details:
Additional URLs:
Keywords: freight vehilcles, urban traffic models, transport modelling
ISBN: 1853129054
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Wessex Institute of Technology
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:28

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page