Simulation Modelling Applied to Road Transport European Scheme


This project directly addresses task 7.3/17 in the second call for proposals in the Transport RTD, Road Transport Traffic, Transport and Information Management area:

Development of modelling and simulation tools to deal directly with road capacity and specific traffic management problems, such as congestion, shock-waves caused by traffic disruption, harmful emissions etc.

The project is directed towards modelling and simulation of dynamic traffic management problems caused by incidents, heavy traffic, accidents, road works, and events. It will cover incident management, intersection control, motorway flow control, dynamic route guidance and regional traffic information.

The project's objectives are to:

  • review existing micro-simulation models, so that gaps can be identified. It will build on the APAS report and other reviews such as the PROGEN report from PROMETHEUS. A State-of-the-Art review report will be produced.
  • investigate how the existing models can best be enhanced to fill the identified gaps, thus advancing the State-of-the-Art. Prime objectives of these enhancements will be to ensure that they are transferable across Europe and that they are based on sound statistical analysis.
  • incorporate the findings of the study into a best practice manual for the use of micro-simulation in modelling road transport and to disseminate these findings widely throughout Europe.

A review of existing models and simulation tools will be performed to find problem areas that need to be modelled when developing solutions to short-term traffic management problems.

Generic models and procedures will then be developed and specified to fill the most important gaps.

The new models and procedures will be developed using existing data sets with any data gaps being filled using data collected from sites in Barcelona, Toulouse, Stockholm, Turin and Florence.

Existing microsimulation models will then be enhanced to include the new models.

Comparisons will be made between the new model outputs and the data collected.

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Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (GB)


UPC, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (ES)

Mizar Automazione SpA (IT)

Transek (SE)


CTS, Centre for Transportation and Society (SE)

Toulouse (FR)

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The main outputs of the project consisted in:

  • a review of micro-simulation models, describing the current State-of-the-Art and identifying gaps,
  • a simulation report, describing the results of the attempts to fill the identified gaps,
  • a Best Practice Manual for the use and selection of micro-simulation tools.

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EC Programme
EC FP4, Transport Research

Grant agreement
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Start date
March 1997

24 months

Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (GB)


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