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Application Area

  • Analysis, scenarios and measure selection
  • Appraisal and assessment
  • Evaluation and monitoring
  • Dissemination and communication

Tool Type

  • Indicator set
  • Method / Approach
  • Software

Target Audience

  • Small cities
  • Medium-sized cities
  • Large cities
  • Metropolitan regions


FRETURB is a software application for decision-making by both public and private actors. The software allows simulation of urban freight transport.

The model was built by the LAET ( from the results of the French Urban Goods Movements surveys carried out during the second half of the 1990s in Bordeaux, Dijon and Marseilles.

On the basis of an establishments file and a zoning file (describing the main characteristics of the area studied like population, surface area, etc.), the FRETURB model can estimate the number of deliveries and pick-ups operated in a given area and also the parking durations and conditions (double-line, private parking, delivery space parking, etc.), and distances travelled.

Freturb takes into account the characteristics of each business and service in a given urban area, so it can be adapted to any city, whatever its size, localisation and specific nature. In its current version, it can be integrated in traffic estimation models and confronted by passenger traffic in order to identify congestion problems and conflicts of road use.

FRETURB is a powerful model for understanding the organisation of freight transport in cities and can be used as a awareness raising tool for local authorities, researchers, consulting firms etc.

Good Example

To date, FRETURB has been used in many cities of different sizes (more than 50 urban areas - and all of the main French cities) and with different functions and spatial configurations. It was specifically designed for the French socio-economical environment but was successfully implemented in other European countries (Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal).

Input Data

Establishment file (comprehensive database describing each establishment of a given area -NACE, number of employees...); Zoning file

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Basic Information

November 2016
2000 € (for local authorities) 6000 € (for the private sector)
30 minutes to 1 hour
Training, technical support provided by LAET


ARTUR (association on transport and urbanism research)
00 33 4 72 04 72 27

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