Ralph Henson

Senior Lecturer

  • Newton Building Room LG13
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  • E: r.r.henson@salford.ac.uk
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I graduated in Mathematics from University of Warwick.

After short spells in operational research and project management, I joined the County Engineers Department of Merseyside County Council to work in the research and analysis section, focusing on traffic analysis and road safety studies.

I left Merseyside to take on the post of lecturer at the University of Salford in 1985. I became programme leader for the MSc in Transport Engineering and Planning in 1992 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 1996.

I contributed to the development of the transport profession at national and regional level including being Chair of the NW region of CIHT 2005-2006.

I acted as external examiner to MSc programmes (at Leeds and Southbank) and for research PhDs.


Contributions to the following modules:

Level 5  Highway Design

Level 6 Airport Design Operation and Management S3.1

Level 7(MSc) Transport Engineering: Principles and Methodologies

Level 7(MSc) Transport Planning : Policy and Principles

Level 7 (MSc) Traffic Engineering: Analysis and Road Safety

Level 7 (MSc) Transport Planning: Forecasting and Appraisal

Transport dissertations at final year and MSc level

Research Interests

Current PhD supervisions:

Candidate: Firas Asad (started 2009; supervisor)

Topic: Trip Generation Characteristics in City Centre Developments

Candidate: Mohamed Alterawi (started 2011; co-supervisor)

Topic: Micro-simulation of Shuttle lane Working

Candidate: Andrew Binder (started 2012; supervisor)

Topic: Transport choice, accessibility and modal shift – constraints on achieving a travel plan target at a new development: Media City UK

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) 1st class: Mathematics: University of Warwick

MSc Transport Engineering: University of Salford

Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation         

Chartered Engineer


  1. Yousif, S., Al-Obaedi, J. and Henson, R. R. (2012) Drivers' lane utilization for UK motorways,  Journal of Transportation Engineering (under review)
  2. Yousif, S., Alterawi, M. and Henson, R. R. (2012) The effect of road narrowing on junction capacity using microsimulation,  Journal of Transportation Engineering (under review)
  3. Boyle, D and Henson, R R (2004) A Road Safety Engineering Policy Review – Putting Research into Practice Proceedings of Second UK Transport Practitioners Meeting, Aston University, Birmingham UK July 2004
  4. Henson, R R and Essex, S (2003) The development, design and evaluation of local transport networks International Social Science Journal 176 Vol LV, No2, 219 – 233
  5. Henson, R R and Ellis E (2002) Establishing Statistical Models to Predict the Number of Multiple Vehicle Accidents for Districts in Greater Manchester Safety on Roads Second International Conference on Road Safety University of Bahrain, October 2002