ECON30260 The Economics of the Transport Sector

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is an applied microeconomics course that introduces principles of transport economics. The course examines the role of transport in the economy at a number of scales (e.g. city, region, continent). The nature and characteristics of transportation systems are described along with an overview of the objectives, roles and functions of various groups of actors in the transportation system. The demand for transport is examined in detail, as are issues related to the supply of transport. Transport firms are analysed in terms of their costs, revenues and outputs. Transport markets have traditionally been heavily regulated. The rationale for and approaches to regulation of transport markets are analysed and the key issues for public policy are identified. The evolution of European transport policy is traced and the emerging issues in the EU27 are outlined. An understanding of the nature and characteristics of transport networks is crucial to economic analysis of transportation systems; the course introduces transport network models and examines pricing and traffic flow outcomes using these models.

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Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should have a detailed knowledge of the nature and characteristics of transport systems. Students should have an understanding of the implications of these characteristics for economic analysis of transport demand and transport supply. The application of microeconomic analysis to the transport sector should be understood. Students should have an understanding of the objectives and approaches to regulating transport industries and be able to critically evaluate the costs and benefits associated with different forms of regulation. Students should know the basic form of simple transport network design problems and understand the pricing and traffic flow outcomes. Students should be familiar with current EU transport policy and appreciate the emerging issues and trends.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Guest Lectures
Active/task-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ECON20150 - Transport Economics

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: Final Examination - End of Trimester 2-hour written Exam. Exam will be in-person and scheduled with the main end of Trimester Examinations 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ in-person exam Week 7 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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