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Transport Economics Matters

Applying Economic Principles to Transportation in Great Britain

by David J. Spurling, John Spurling and Mengqiu Cao


Publisher: BrownWalker Press
Pub date: 2019
Pages: 428
ISBN-10: 1627347097
ISBN-13: 9781627347099
Categories: EconomicsBusiness & Economics


This book reveals and discusses existing and potential problems derived from the transport economics domain in relation to their environment, and the social, political and economic impacts, with reference to a wide range of transport modes. It is suitable not only for academics or students, but also for people working in the transport industry. From this book, readers will learn how to apply economic principles to transport, drawing specifically upon a number of case studies of different areas of Great Britain. This book is particularly useful for those who are interested in the subject of transport economics, but may not have studied economics, statistics or mathematics.


A useful collection of concepts on transport economics for all of us that work in the transport field, and are not necessarily economists! Extensive coverage of all transport modes, with brief and effective examples and case studies. Well written, to the point and easy to understand. Especially recommended for students and early career researchers looking at transport issues. A nice addition to any library!
--Professor Maria Attard, University of Malta

A veritable collection of economic concepts and their application in transport - from demand and supply, elasticities and marginal cost to road pricing, cycling and airports - a primer for the transport economist in all of us.
--Dr Robin Hickman, UCL

This book provides rich stories of planning and management of air travel, shipping, railways, and urban transport, as well as transport and land use planning. Transport Economics Matters is a valuable foundation that we can use to analyse and understand transport policy and practise.
--Professor Haixiao Pan, Tongji University

About the Author

David Spurling BSc, PGCE, DGA, FCILT, M.Inst.TA David was a founder of Learning Through Cooperation Ltd and its subsidiary LTC Kenya. He wrote 21 textbooks on a range of subjects including Transport, Economics, Business, Sociology, Tourism and Accounts. He also published a book on the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway. He taught people from more than fifty countries at a range of schools and colleges. He was an Associate Professor in Transport Economics at what is now Birmingham City University.

In addition, David founded a college in Nairobi, Kenya, to provide educational assistance to a developing country, and was a member of the Nigerian Business Examinations Council. He was an examiner for the Association of Business Managers and Administrators, the Chartered Institute of Transport, and Edexcel. David was a Quaker and this influenced his views on social issues. He devised a survey on the single homeless. He regarded climate change as one of the major issues facing the world today. He was a Parliamentary candidate for Meriden and a councillor in both Essex and Kent. He was also a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

John Spurling BSc (Hons), DipTP, PGDip (Law), PGDip (CMI), MRTPI, MCMI John has more than 20 years, experience of town planning within both local government and the private sector. More recently, he established his own company JM Spurling Planning Consultants Limited offering a range of town planning consultancy services.

Mengqiu Cao BSc (Hons), GDip, MSc, PhD Mengqiu is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Transport and Urban Planning at the University of Westminster. He was previously a Research/Teaching Assistant at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL), and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Planning and Transport, University of Westminster. He has worked in academia and industry in an interdisciplinary research field, which is primarily a mixture of transport analysis and urban planning. His current research interests include: transport planning; integrated urban planning and sustainable transport development; social equity and travel vulnerability; statistics and transport modelling; transport and climate change; freight transport and logistics; transport economics; travel behaviour, behavioural economics and well-being. In addition, he has also worked with public authorities and international funding organisations.