This book describes a coherent approach to the explanation of the movement of individual vehicles or groups of vehicles. To avoid possible misunderstandings, some preliminary remarks are called for. 1. This is intended to be a textbook. It brings together methods and approaches that are widely distributed throughout the literature and that are therefore difficult to assess. Text citations of sources have been avoided; literature references are listed together at the end of the book. 2. The book is intended primarily for students of engineering. It describes the theoretical background necessary for an understanding of the methods by which links in a road network are designed and dimensioned or by which traffic is controlled; the methods themselves are t dealt with. It may also assist those actually working in such sectors to interpret the results of traffic flow measure- ments more accurately than has hitherto been the case. 3. The book deals with traffic flow on links between des, and t at des themselves. Many readers will probably regret this, since des are usually the bottlenecks which limit the capacity of the road network. A book dedicated to the de would be the obvious follow-up. A separation of link and de is justified, however, partly because the quantity of material has to be kept within reasonable bounds and partly because the treatment of traffic flow at des requires additional mathematical techniques (in particular, those relating to queueing theory).
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