In order to demonstrate how AMELIA is used to identify ways of increasing accessibility, the impact of a wide variety of policy actions for the county of Hertfordshire, for St Albans and for just the centre of St Albans have been modelled.  These include changes to the bus timetable and levels of council supported bus services, closure of post offices, relocation of council services such as libraries, provision of public toilets, street lighting improvements and removal of physical barriers such as obstructions on the pavement and uneven poorly maintained pavements. AMELIA has also been used to estimate the cost of implementing these policy actions where possible.

For example we considered the following four policy actions in terms of how many more people aged 65 or over are able to reach the centre of St Albans, represented by the Old Town Hall which is adjacent to the main shops and the street market.

    * Putting in dropped kerbs at existing road crossings;
    * Putting in new road crossings every 100 metres;
    * Widening the pavement to allow wheelchairs to progress;
    * Putting in benches so that people can rest every 100 metres.

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Key Documents



E: Roger Mackett

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E: Helena Titheridge

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E: Kamal. Achuthan

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Research led by

Centre for Transport Studies