Environmental and health information effects on travel behaviour in the Solent region, UK

Nima Dadashzadeh, Michiel Bliemer, Seda Sucu Sagmanli, Djamila Ouelhadj, Rich McIlroy, John Preston

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The Solent Future Transport Zone, a trial programme funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), runs numerous trials of innovative mobility services across the Solent region to help make journeys easier, smarter, and greener. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a recently developed concept that provides multimodal journey planning, booking, and payment services through a single platform, i.e., a so-called MaaS app. The Solent MaaS app aims to help Solent residents change their travel behaviour towards the use of sustainable modes of transport (and away from the private car). In addition to providing users with timetabling, mapping, and journey duration information, the MaaS app has the potential to include information regarding the environmental impact of different travel options offered for a given journey, including multimodal options such as e-scooter and bus, or walking and shared car. Similarly, it is also possible to provide users with an indication of the calories they are likely to burn with each travel option. These types of personal and environmental health information are not typically included in existing MaaS apps, yet have the potential to enable MaaS users to make more informed decisions about their journey and its impacts. Given the lack of work in this area, the extent to which these types of information influence behaviour is currently unknown. The current research, therefore, addresses this gap, exploring how environmental and health information might influence self-reported travel behaviours of Solent residents. To explore this, a joint revealed and stated preference survey has been developed. The questionnaire will be disseminated among staff and students at the Portsmouth and Southampton universities before wider dissemination across the Solent region. Resulting data will help shed light on travel behaviour in the Solent region, with the analysis informing app (and wider intervention) design, with a goal to foster more sustainable travel habits.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2022
Event3rd International Conference on Evolving Cities - University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 202215 Jul 2022


Conference3rd International Conference on Evolving Cities
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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