Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Traffic Flow and Control

This course covers the basic principles of traffic flow and control, capacity and congestion, and includes development of signal control.

You'll find out about:

  • the basic relationships between traffic headway, spacing, speed, flow, and density
  • factors that affect capacity of transport systems
  • the principles of Traffic Management systems

You'll also understand:

  • the principles of traffic signal design for isolated and coordinated installations
  • how traffic data sources can be integrated in an Urban Traffic Management Centre
  • the principles of emission estimation from signal control algorithms.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course Dates

  • Monday 26 - Friday 30 November 2018: Date not confirmed
Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Traffic Flow and Control endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Objectives and Outline

Traffic Flow and Control

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished this course, you'll be able to:

  • interpret basic traffic measurements to calculate speed flow and density
  • select and design appropriate traffic management systems
  • calculate basic timings for an isolated signal installation
  • design a coordinated signal installation
  • estimate emissions from SCOOT algorithms

Course Outline

  • Basis of traffic flow theory
    • for example, speed flow curve, link capacity, principles of link design
  • Capacity of roads and transport systems - what is capacity?
  • Traffic Management as an alternative to new road building and widening
  • Junction design
    • for example, different types, route and network capacity governed by critical junctions
  • Signal-controlled junctions
    • for example, isolated signal design calculations, Webster and Cobbe
  • Worked examples and computer design: on-street data collection or using video in class
  • Green waves, maximum band widths, area-based coordination
  • Principles of TRANSYT
    • for example, models, dispersion algorithm, concepts of performance, measures (uniform and random (half isolated)) of delay, stops, queue component, emissions, use of PI to optimise network, hill climbing process
  • Signal plans for time of day, special events, weather, plan change algorithms, ageing of traffic signal plans
  • Pedestrian crossings, pelicans, toucans, pv^2
  • Limitations of fixed time control, 2.5 generation plans, demand responsive control
  • Bus TRANSYT and principles of SCOOT, Message types, signal timing protocols, accommodating bus priority
  • Data integration and systems architecture for traffic control and management - public and operator interfaces (Site Visit - UTMC)
  • Emissions estimation - vehicle and systems, from "average flow, average speed" to bespoke SCOOT based emissions algorithms; behavioural effect on emissions
Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Traffic Flow and Control endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Course Dates

  • Monday 26 - Friday 30 November 2018: Date not confirmed

Further Information

Traffic Flow and Control

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8421) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Traffic Flow and Control

Presenters

Newcastle University

School of Engineering

Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

Fees

Traffic Flow and Control

Fees

  • Traffic Flow and Control
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).