A network traffic flow model for motorway and urban highways

Yang, Chao and Remenyte-Prescott, Rasa and Andrews, John (2014) A network traffic flow model for motorway and urban highways. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 65 (8). pp. 1278-1291. ISSN 0160-5682

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Abstract

The research reported in this paper develops a network level traffic flow model (NTFM) which is applicable for both motorway and urban roads. It forecasts the traffic flow rates, queue propagation at the junctions and travel delays through the network. NTFM uses sub-models associated with all road and junction types which comprise the highway. The flow at any one part of the network is obviously very dependent upon the flows at all other parts of the network. To predict the two-way traffic flow in NTFM, an iterative simulation method is executed to generate the evolution of dependent traffic flows and queues. To demonstrate the capability of the model it is applied to a small case study network and a local Loughborough-Nottingham highway network. The results indicate that NTFM is capable of identifying the relationship between traffic flows and capturing traffic phenomena such as queue dynamics. By introducing a reduced flow rate on links of the network then the effects of strategies employed to carry out roadworks can be mimicked.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article published in Journal of the Operational Research Society. The definitive publisher-authenticated version: C. Yang, R. Remenyte-Prescott & J. Andrews, A network traffic flow model for motorway and urban highways, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 65(8), (2014), 1278-1291, doi: 10.1057/jors.2013.86, is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jors/journal/v65/n8/full/jors201386a.html
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Remenyte-Prescott, Dr Rasa
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 10:12
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 21:03
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3301

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