Road Traffic Theory and its Application

Module aims

  • To introduce vehicle-following and fluid models of traffic flow; applications of traffic models.  
  • To cover traffic queues: steady state and time-dependent analysis. Modelling, analysis and design of priority junctions and roundabouts.  
  • To understand signal control at individual junctions; coordinated signal control; priority for public transport in signal control; design of signal-controlled road junctions; principles of urban traffic control and calculation of timing plans.   
  • To cover comprehensive traffic management – objectives, techniques, modelling and evaluation. 
  • To consider the nature and process of formulating transport policy, with an emphasis on urban transport policy. Covers setting policy objectives, the main types of policy measures typically introduced in urban areas, and their impacts on behaviour.  
  • To cover interactions between transport policy and other policy areas

Learning outcomes

 On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Show how current techniques for design of elements of the road system, and the management and control of all kinds of traffic on the roads, are supported by fundamental understanding, modelling and optimisation techniques. 

Module syllabus

  • This course provides students with an introduction to the subject of traffic flow theory and its application to various aspects in traffic engineering and control.  
  • Topics cover various kinds of traffic models ranging from microscopic to macroscopic, performance analysis and control of transport systems, and state-of-the-art applications in practice.  
  • The students will also have a chance to apply the theories through a set of exercises. 
  • The students will also have a chance to apply the theories through a set of exercises with practical software packages including ARCADY, PICADY, and TRANSYT.   

Location 

No. 

Topic 

Staff 

UCL 

01-02 

Car-following models and fluid models of traffic flow 

BA 

UCL 

03-04 

Applications of traffic models 

BA 

UCL 

05-06 

Time-dependent analysis of traffic queues 

BA 

UCL 

07-08 

Modelling and analysis of priority junctions and roundabouts 

BA 

UCL 

09-10 

Signal controlled junctions 

BA 

UCL 

11-12 

Motorway analysis and management 

BA 

UCL 

13-14 

Bus priority and operations 

BA 

UCL 

15-16 

Urban traffic signal control 

BA 

UCL 

17-18 

SCOOT urban traffic control system 

NH 

UCL 

19-20 

Traffic data and performance measures 

NH 

UCL 

Activity 1 

Introduction to exercise on traffic flow 

BA 

UCL 

Activity 2 

Introduction to exercise based on ARCADY and PICADY 

BGH 

UCL 

Activity 3 

Exercise on urban signal design TRANSYT  

BGH 

 

Teaching methods

 A combination of lectures and tutorials.  

Assessments

Information will be provided separately.

Module leaders

Dr Bani Anvari