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Civil and Building Engineering

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Bristow, Abigail

Professor Abigail Bristow

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Abigail Bristow is Professor of Transport Studies at Loughborough University. Her main research interests are the externalities generated by transport systems particularly noise and carbon emissions. Research on carbon emission reduction includes: studies exploring ways of achieving significant reductions in passenger transport emissions by 2050 and freight transport emissions in London by 2050; transport in the hydrogen economy; cost effective carbon mitigation and the potential role of personal carbon trading in delivering emissions reductions.

Her work on the valuation of noise nuisance has evolved over a 15 year period. Research has involved the valuation of road traffic noise nuisance in Edinburgh, Kunming and Lisbon and aircraft noise nuisance in Athens, Bucharest, Lyon and Manchester. These studies all involved the use of stated choice approaches, still a comparatively rare technique in this context. Innovative approaches have been developed including a new priority ranking approach applied to aircraft noise valuation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow Royal Society of the Arts (FSRA)
  • Fellow Institute of Acoustics (FIOA)

External Activities

  • Member Research Coordination Committee of the Institute of Acoustics, 2011
  • Member EPSRC Review Panel 2006-
  • Member Board of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership 2007-2011

Broad Interests and Expertise

  • Transport and the environment
  • Valuation of transport externalities
  • Transport and climate change
  • Noise and quiet
  • Sustainable transport
  • Transport economics and policy
  • Passenger transport

Research Interests

  • Personal carbon trading and carbon taxes
  • Achieving low carbon transport: technological and behavioural change
  • Valuation of transportation noise using stated and revealed preference methods
  • Valuing quiet areas
  • Application of environmental values in appraisal
  • Appraisal of non-conventional passenger transport initiatives
  • Transport, the city and climate change: adaptation and mitigation
  • Noise futures: http://www.noisefutures.org
  • Restorative space

Research project

LCV Grid Low Carbon Vehicles: Gas Refuelling Infrastructure Demonstration


The main objective of the project is to explore barriers to the development of a successful market for lower carbon gas powered vehicles and ways in which these might be overcome. The project focuses on gas powered vehicles because there are immediate short term benefits in terms of CO2 reduction, air pollution reduction and cost savings moreover vehicles are available in the European market. A key obstacle in the UK is the lack of a refuelling network, which has precluded the demonstrations and trials that might be persuasive in forming a market. Through partnership with the Hardstaff Group we aim to make refuelling stations available to enable such demonstrations and trials to take place.

The main delivery mechanism will enable businesses to trial gas powered vehicles through the provision of portable refuelling stations. This will allow businesses of all types, including many SMEs, to evaluate their ‘green’ potential and to realise long term cost savings that will enable them to be more competitive through the adoption of alternative fuel technologies when choosing their next vehicles. The trials should deliver carbon savings and will demonstrate the ability to reduce harmful vehicle tailpipe emissions, now recognised as serious problem in rural and urban areas alike. If the project can kickstart the wider adoption of such technologies the potential savings will be far greater. The trials will enable an analysis to be made of the costs and benefits and the prospects for CNG and biogas adoption in the East Midlands. In the longer term it will point the way to not only significantly reducing the usage of crude oil for transport purposes, but it will also educate and encourage the significant production of biomethane from waste.


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