Transport Demand

  • Alan Hay
Part of the Focal Problems in Geography Series book series


The geography of transport demand is neglected by many scholars. It is, for example, excluded by Smith from the threefold aims of transport geography which he identifies.1 It finds no mention in Appleton’s methodological paper,2 and it is almost absent from the methodology sketched in standard texts.3 Perle, it is true, offers a study of the demand for transportation, but he focuses almost entirely upon the price elasticities of demand, chiefly as they determine the sharing of traffic between road and rail transport.4 Yet the systematic study of demand is important for two reasons. Firstly, without a prior understanding of demand any explanation of routes and flows will necessarily be incomplete. Secondly, it is the study of transport demand which links geography most clearly to the rest of geography. The patterns of production and consumption, population, residence and employment are the classical topics of geographic investigation; they are also the fundamental raw material for an investigation of transport demand.


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  • Alan Hay
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldUnited Kingdom

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