Two progress reports were produced by TRL relating to the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) funded project FUTURENET- Future resilient transport networks. TRL was a partner in FUTURENET together with the University of Birmingham, who led the project, the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham, HR Wallingford and the British Geological Survey. The project which ran from June 2009 to March 2013, developed methods of quantitatively assessing the resilience of transport networks to climate change impacts. This report describes the identification of a suitable transport corridor to be utilised in the development of the models and methodologies, the second progress report is on the collection of information on the corridor.
A number of criteria for selecting a transport corridor were identified namely: significant passenger and freight usage for road, rail and air travel; a range in climate and projected changes in climate; a variety of topographical and geological characteristics; and limited modelling complexity. A short list of potential corridors was drawn up and information about each was gathered to assess if they met these criteria. The results of this assessment and discussions with the project partners and stakeholders were used to select the final corridor. London to Glasgow along the west coast was chosen as this best met the criteria, with high usage and a range of climatic, geological and topographical across its length.

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