The derived demand for traffic at food superstores in the UK: A semi-parametric regression approach

Colin Black, David Clive Broadstock, Alan Collins, Lester C. Hunt

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The estimation of a (semi-parametric) trip attraction model for food super-stores in the UK is undertaken using a composite dataset. The data comprises information from the UK Census of Population, the NOMIS (National Online Manpower Information System) archive and traffic and site-specific data from the TRICS (Trip Rate Information Computer System) databases. The results indicate that traffic to a given food superstore, ceteris paribus, increases with household car ownership, store parking provision, site size (floor space), and distance to the nearest competitor. Furthermore, increases in public transport provision are shown to be associated with increasing car trips. This latter effect is discussed in the light of planning policy for development control purposes and a role linked to die reinforcement of 'food deserts'. The results also reveal activity-specific household economies of scope and scale. It is suggested how these may also further perpetuate unsustainable development and 'food desert' characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-427
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Transport Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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