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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Rethinking Urban Transport for Inner-City Travel in Cambridge

Continued growth in employment and housing in Cambridge City is putting an ever- increasing strain on the transport network. In a historic city like Cambridge, it is difficult to increase the capacity of the road network to accommodate more cars, and therefore it is essential to make progressive, sustainable transport plans. Good transport and urban planning should lead to econo mic, environmental and social prosperity. Currently there are major congestion problems within the city centre. As well as causing major delays, slow-moving traffic  increases air pollution significantly.  This dissertation focuses on demand management and quality of life in the city centre which is identified as a gap in Cambridgeshire County Council’s current transport plans. Data has been collected and analysed on travel within, and into, the city centre, with regard to congestion patterns, journey times and costs, and car/parking provision. Opportunities for change are presented with regard to accessibility to the city centre, and more generally,  on improving the quality of life  there.


Course Overview


The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.


An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions.


An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.


An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.