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Exploring the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment

if you’re going underground,...why bother with geography?

Henry (Harry) Beck, quoted in Ackroyd, P., 2012. pp.131-132.

Historical geography is a sub-discipline of human geography concerned with the geographies of the past and with the influence of the past in shaping the geographies of the present and the future”.

Heffernan, M., 2008.

if historical geography is about understanding how the past shapes the 'geographies of the present and the future', it must be used to advise and guide those managing and planning the urban environment, and its transport infrastructure, now and in the future”.

Darroch, N., 2018.

[Below] Simplified diagram showing the presence and property interfaces of urban transport infrastructure. This example is taken from a real scenario North of Farringdon London Underground station, London, UK.


Welcome to the exploring the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment, website. In this site you will find slides from some of the lectures and conference presentations I have given over the years (available on the presentations page).

There are also some pages about my ongoing academic research in to the presence, property, and protection interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment.  (Available on the AIR research project page).

Additionally, there are presented examples of the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment, emonstarting why having a standardised process of analysis and data sharing between interfacing infrastructure owning/managing stakeholders is essential for the present and the future.

The presentations and articles on this website highlight the importance of comprehending the interconnected and interdependent nature of transport infrastructure and its environment (the places within which transport infrastructure is located).

This is important, because transport infrastructure and its environment do not exist in isolation. They have multi-disciplinary considerations, including but not limited to: 

  • statute and contract law;

  • history;

  • geography;

  • civil engineering;

  • asset management;

  • policy making;

  • socio-economics;

  • urban and transport planning;

  • urban and transport infrastructure management; and

  • transport operations.

While most focus of the content in this website is on urban underground metro infrastructure (UUMI), currently, the issues raised are applicable to all transport infrastructure and its environment, internationally.  (Examples are presented on the interfaces of other infrastructure page). The focus on UUMI is primarily due to my academic research predominantly focusing on this form of transport infrastructure.

I do however have practitioner experience of managing the interfaces of other forms of transport infrastructure in London, which is also applicable internationally (About me page). Hopefully one day I shall be able to broaden that academic research to explain the interfaces of non-UUMI and its environment, in future!

I also hope to provide some blogs, below, discussing my research interests and findings from that research. 

The images below present some examples of the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment. click on an image to find out more about it.

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