Accessibility to Billund Airport

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Maja Sig Vestergaard
The starting point for this project is Billund Municipality stating that the accessibility to Billund Airport are inadequate. The accessibility can be improved in several ways, but not all of these will be equally desirable - especially not from an environmental perspective, where it is the standpoint that the CO2 emissions from transport should be reduced. With this project it is desired to combine more traditional accessibility analysis with a mobility sociological perspective in order to show what else and more the latt er approach may contribute to such studies. Based on this motivation the problemformulation is formulated: It is examined how the availability of Billund Airport can be improved through planning efforts. This problem formulation is elaborated through four subquestions whose answers provide an overall answer to the problemformulation. To understand the societal context of the case and what is in evidence in relation to the problem, a number of different structures and mechanisms in society is identified. This constitutes a background for further analysis, where two parallel tracks are build. In the first track the accessibility to Billund Airport is analysed from a theoretical framework created by theories of network and relational geography. In these analysis the road- and public transport networks are examined on the basis of six established criteria for accessibility. In the second track the focus switches to the travelers and their rationales and experiences in connection with the trip to Billund Airport. This perspective is seen as particularly important when one wishes to understand people’s mode choice in order to change the parameters by which greener choices of transport can be induced. Afterward three scenarios are developed based on different packages solutions: a ‘conventional’, a ‘radical/green’ and a ‘pleasing’ scenario. The benefits and drawbacks of each scenario are discussed, after which the scenarios are compared with each other and to the society in which they might enter. It is clear that there is no scenario which would not involve drawbacks, and therefore there is no straightforeward answer to the problemformulation.
Publication date6 Jun 2012
Number of pages183
ID: 63624128