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Impact of Transport Network Changes on Tourism in Protected Areas: A Case Study of Ayubia National Park, Pakistan

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Abstract: The inflow caused bytourists in peak seasons exerts an uncontrollable pressure on the existinginfrastructure. The Ayubia National Park in Pakistan faces traffic delays andcapacity restraints on the connecting roads in peak season. The study focuseson the formulation of critical strategies by deploying amendments in thetransport network. The methodology contains three parts: 1) a questionnaire was designed to inquire aboutseveral variables from the visitors; 2) the second part was traffic count data collection andanalysis. Based on the response collected, the impact of multiple strategies onthe network was analyzed using TransCad; 3) in the third part, the results obtained were shared with experts togain their valuable opinions. It was observed that the time of the day basedaccess restriction to heavy vehicles could lead to dropping the Volume tocapacity ratio from 1.7 to 1.2. However, the experts were also of the view thatnetwork changes can enhance and improve the visitors’ experience.

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