A Companion to Transport, Space and Equity
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A Companion to Transport, Space and Equity

Edited by Robin Hickman, Beatriz Mella Lira, Moshe Givoni and Karst Geurs

With social inequity in urban spaces becoming an increasing concern in our modern world, The Elgar Companion to Transport, Space and Equity explores the relationships between transport and social equity. Transport systems and infrastructure investment can lead to inequitable travel behaviours, with certain socio-demographic groups using particular parts of the transport system and accessing particular activities and opportunities.
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Chapter 14: Reasonable travel time – the traveller’s perspective

David Banister, Yannick Cornet, Moshe Givoni and Glenn Lyons


David Banister, Yannick Cornet, Moshe Givoni and Glenn Lyons critique the commodification of travel time savings in transport planning and project appraisal. They ask for less focus on travel time and, instead, that consideration should be given to the door-to-door journey, the experience of travel and type of activities at the destination. A case study of high speed rail is used to discuss the issues. The concept of reasonable travel time is developed, reflecting a difference between useful and non-useful travel.

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