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17 May 2005

Mott MacDonald to update Department for Transport’s LASER model

Mott MacDonald, assisted by Rand Europe, has been appointed by the Department for Transport to update its LASER model, a land use-transport interaction model for London and the South-East Region (LASER).

LASER models the residential location choices made by households, taking into account the availability of employment and housing. It then models the travel behaviour of these households, including the distribution of trips and their mode and route choice. It has recently been used in multi-modal studies such as Orbit (London Orbital Multi-Modal Study) and LOIS (London to Ipswich corridor Multi-Modal Study). Other studies to use LASER include the South East Regional Airports Study (SERAS) and an investigation into the transport impacts of development in Thames Gateway.

Mott MacDonald’s role involves rebasing and validating the model using the latest Census data and making use of other transport-related information collected at the same time, for example the London Area Transportation Surveys (LATS). The model’s documentation will also be improved, giving users a better understanding of how results were produced.

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