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Day Two – Session One
10:00 – 12:00

The New Normal – Recover, Reopen, Reimagine (Room One)

Stephen Parkes, Research Fellow - Sheffield Hallam University
This paper presents the latest results from a study of the COVID-19 road-space reallocation programmes of two local authorities in the North of England: Sheffield and Lancashire. We use online data collection techniques over a 12-month period to gather longitudinal data on travel behaviour, attitudes to active travel and the use of the temporary road-space reallocation measures. The focus of this research on the extent of shifts in travel behaviour; the effect of the temporary measures, and the longer-term picture will provide valuable insights for policymakers responding to both the pandemic and the longer-term challenge of transport decarbonisation.
Mala Bhardwa, Senior Transport Planner - Atkins / SNC Lavalin
Adrienne Mathews, Principal Transport Planner - Atkins / SNC Lavalin

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen radical changes to all aspects of our lives. Lockdown restrictions and social distancing have meant a rethink of how we do everything, not least travel. To support the re-opening of education facilities in England in September 2020, Atkins worked with local authorities in the rapid development of an evidence-based School Travel Demand Management Action Plan that allowed local authorities to deliver and communicate a series of measures for a new normal for school travel which is healthy, active and low carbon.
Teddy Taleongpong, Engineer - Metis Consultancy
Climate change adaptation has never been a more urgent issue with NZ targeting net carbon zero by 2050. A similar situation exists in the UK, with most Local Authorities declaring a climate emergency and the central government setting the same ambitious net carbon zero target. We have developed a way to actively tackle this issue within the road and infrastructure sector. Our practical and tested approach improves the understanding of the carbon footprint of schemes throughout their entire life cycle. It shows how carbon can be reduced and managed, driving low-carbon decision making and helping all stakeholders achieve their climate related goals. This paper will detail how our techniques are used to capture key carbon emitting variables, the different stages considered within the life of a scheme as well as a case study project in the UK.
Georgia Yexley, Head of Cities UKI - TIER
TIER is Europe's leading operator: with operations in 13 countries, 110 cities and over 50million rides. It's managed to achieve this staus while keeping the mission to 'Change Mobility for Good' at it's core. Being the first operator to become Climate-neutral and consistently leading operations led by Safety and community impact. Nowhere is this more prominent than their recently launched London operation. Georgia YExley TIER's Head of Cities for UK and Irelend will share more on the TIER approach to the UK e-scooter trials and what sets them apart from the other operations taking place in the year ahead.

Our Neighbourhoods – Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (Room Two)

Patrick Lingwood, Active Travel Hub Lead - Oxfordshire County Council
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are the new kid on the block of changing travel behaviour. Whilst research is emerging on their benefits, they are controversial and difficult to implement because of local public opposition. This paper investigates what factors influence residents’ choice whether to support or object to LTN proposals using data from 1454 questionnaire responses submitted before implementation of 3 LTNs in Oxford. The findings indicate that “normal” and “sometimes” modes of travel have key influences on public support for LTNs. The talk will tease out the different factors and suggest strategies for maximising public support.
Professor Rachel Aldred, Director of the Active Travel Academy - Westminster University
This workshop covers emerging research on the impacts of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), and on their spatial equity - to what extent all communities benefit. It will involve discussions about monitoring and about prioritising what outcomes to study, including through a case study. The workshop will also share tools for monitoring and evaluation, and discuss how equity distribution metrics can feed through into future planning, to ensure that new LTNs are located in areas that may need them most.
Nick Ruxton-Boyle, Director of Environment - Marston Holdings
The South Fulham Low Traffic Neighbourhood is an ingenious use of current ANPR camera technology and DfT historically approved signage to address the social and environmental impact of urban traffic. Using a ring of cameras and an adapted flying motorcycle sign a new low traffic neighbourhood in the capital was launched in the midst of the pandemic. The scheme also boasts the largest network of air quality sensors in the UK and privy to a wealth of pre- and post-data. This paper will explore the history of the scheme, its development, consultation, technology and wider applications.
Giulio Ferrini, Head of Built Environment - Sustrans
In 2020, Sustrans worked with 20+ local authorities to implement LTNs. This paper presents the key lessons learnt from these projects, from project inception to community engagement, design and implementation. The paper will focus on a series of case studies to draw key themes around project risks and decision making, as well as using available data to measure success. Based on these examples, we provide policy recommendations to mitigate against the main challenges associated with LTN delivery, preventing local authorities from repeating the mistakes made by others and helping make the next round of LTNs easier and more successful.

Modelling – Methodology (Room Three)

Professor Krishna Busawon, Professor - Northumbria University
Professor Laurent Dala, Professor - Northumbria University
Faheem Ahmed Malik, PhD Fellow - Northumbria University
In this work, we have developed a predictive intelligent safety model for the riskiest cyclist infrastructure, based upon the prevalent environment, traffic flow conditions, and the intended users using the infrastructure; and also develop an understanding of how these factors affect safety. A hybrid methodology is proposed: a) Crash data collection, b) Predictive model (deep learning), and c) Variable interaction model (deep learning variable importance, and principal component analysis). An accurate model is developed (86% accuracy). It is found that critical variables affecting safety are riders age, gender, environmental conditions, sudden change in the road hierarchy, and traffic flow regime.
Zahra Navidi, Veitch Lister Consulting
Jan Zill, Veitch Lister Consulting
This paper presents a summary of the benefits, limitations and practical considerations in development of activity based models, comparing and contrasting two key open source platforms (MATSim and ActivitySim). It presents practical findings based on case study examples in two Australian cities.
Richard Brown, Technical Director - Mott McDonald
Nick Green, Lead Officer - Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Mott MacDonald developed post-COVID-19 scenarios making use of the LCR Transport Model, underpinning databases, and new assumptions about economic and travel responses based on international literature and data sources to consider likely short-medium term impacts of the pandemic. Emerging results have provided detailed insight into the potential applied impacts of these substantial shifts in travel behaviours in local networks. This has opened up important considerations of how we make practical best use of uncertainty forecasts in our decision making frameworks for the development of strategy, and as scheme promoters, developers, sponsors and appraisers.
Elena Golovenko, Senior Associate Director - Jacobs
Anjali Turner, Principal Analyst - Transport for London

The paper discusses how TfL uses its new Model of Travel in London to support future scenario planning and to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores the importance of representing the behavioural change by various population groups, taking account of complex relationship between personal characteristics and travel choices to support an inclusive planning approach.

Appraisal and Evaluation – Toolkits and Guidelines (Room Four)

Richard Harrap, Economic Adviser - Department for Transport
We live in times of significant uncertainty, which has profound implications on transport systems across Europe. To ensure transport investment decisions are resilient to this uncertainty, decision makers need to understand the impact of different assumptions about the future on scheme appraisal. The treatment of uncertainty is a core part of any transport analysis, should be treated holistically throughout the planning process and is needed to support robust decision making. The UK’s Department for Transport has committed to developing an Uncertainty Toolkit which will support the Department’s widely used Transport Analysis Guidance (TAG). The Toolkit offers guidance on the use of existing tools, such as the National Trip End Model (NTEM), to support uncertainty analysis. The presentation will include more detail on: using the Uncertainty Toolkit; the classification of different types of uncertainty; the benefits and limitations of different techniques for uncertainty analysis in a transport context; and presenting and communicating uncertainty to decision makers.
Keith Buchan, Director of Skills - Transport Planning Society
John Elliott, Special Adviser - Local Government Technical Advisers Group

There is widespread criticism amongst the Transport Profession and from members of the public and politicians that the way we plan, evaluate and fund transport in the UK is seriously flawed. The key issues appear to be vast sums of money get spent on big, particularly road, projects that don’t deliver the identified real needs of an area, and extensive administrative efforts and (often consultant) costs are involved in a bidding process by local authorities for schemes which should not be the highest priority. Instead we need to identify the real needs and consequences nationally and locally of transport spending.
David Balfe, State Director (QLD) - Veitch Lister Consulting
As technology changes the face of the transport industry, the future is increasingly uncertain. How can we ensure our infrastructure choices will be appropriate? We developed and implemented a transparent, modular framework for assessing uncertainty in project appraisal. The developed framework has now been tested to assess the uncertainty of connected and automated vehicles, electric vehicles, telecommuting, and mobility as a service, and can be expanded to include other uncertainty factors. Our presentation is intended to promote the adoption and development of the framework by other practitioners to improve project appraisal throughout the industry.
David Knight, Regional Director - ClarkeBond
Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) is a widely used tool in the Transport Industry, often to evaluate infrastructure options or competing development sites. Central to MCA is a performance matrix and this can be used responsibly or to obtain the desired answer. This paper is in two parts: overview and application. It will introduce MCA and how it should be undertaken and put forward an original and innovative application to Transport Assessment for new developments based on PhD research; a reconciling performance matrix based around Sustainable Accessibility.

Inclusion and Accessibility – Planning (Room Five)

Susan Claris, Associate Director - Transport Consulting - Arup
Walking for Everyone is a partnership between Arup, Living Streets and Sustrans. Building on previous work including "Cities Alive: Towards a walking world" (2016) and "Cycling for Everyone" (2020), this project focusses on exploring the barriers and challenges that affect the walking choices of key demographic groups likely to be most disadvantaged in their lives. This research will ultimately be used to develop compelling guidance and recommendations on inclusive walking for the public and private sectors, and will have direct benefits in both the work we do and the impact of that work on the diverse societies we design for.
Lauren James, Healthy Streets Officer - Sustrans
As a result of Covid-19, there has been an unprecedented increase in cycle uptake in London. But has this cycle increase been accessed equally by all groups, particularly for disabled cyclists? Now is the time to evaluate lessons learnt from Covid-19 response in transport planning and make changes to policy to ensure safe and sustainable travel is accessible to all going forward in the pandemic. A need for a multi-lateral approach, using behaviour change techniques as well as infrastructure interventions, is highlighted as a crucial field of expansion within policy to aid the accessibility of cycling for all, no matter of ability or disability.
Richard Adams, Transport Planner - Atkins / SNC Lavalin
Lindsey Stack, Principal Transport Planner - Atkins / SNC Lavalin

Public transport patronage is influenced by multiple drivers of travel behaviour. This paper wants to better understand the interplay between objective drivers (cost and time) and subjective drivers (safety and comfort) and how they manifest differently in certain demographics. Lack of LGBT+ travel data demonstrates why this area needs more consideration, despite many individuals reporting to lack safety and comfort on public transport. This research aims to better our understanding of how subjective drivers truly impact public transport use, and whether this is disproportionality felt by LGBT+ individuals, before considering the implications for delivering more inclusive transport system design.
Sherin Francis, Senior Transport Planner - Jacobs
Katie Pearce, Transport Planner - Jacobs

This paper considers how lessons learnt from policy and literature reviews, consultation with transport authorities in the UK, and real-world projects can be transformed into a tangible action plan for realising truly inclusive transport projects – taking the industry from understanding to action. It will include an introduction to gendered barriers to travel, following Sherin and Katie’s previous research on Lifecycle Approaches. It will also make the case for why 2021 is the time for action and outline specific priorities, with examples to support transport professionals to create inclusive transport outcomes by capitalising on trends happening right now in the industry.

Sustainable Planning – Active Streets (Room Six)

David Blainey, Director - The BusMan Transport Consultancy Ltd.
Demand Responsive Transport is often proposed as a way of improving accessibility where conventional bus services are not sustainable. However, DRT services which have been introduced in UK have not always survived and there has been limited research on their potential. This paper, after briefly describing what DRT is, will look at some previous and current DRT schemes and examine their aims and how well they were achieved. Then, using a number of current DRT pilot schemes, will attempt to identify whether DRT is a cost effective solution which improves accessibility in a way that is attractive to potential passengers, including current car users.
Lynda Addison, Lead on Planning and Transport - Transport Planning Society
Dan Phillip, Senior Research Fellow IMDC - Royal College of Art

The covid19 pandemic highlights the fragility of our interconnected world. In response to this and wider challenges about the future, we connected with three rural communities to create a bridge between ground-up community transitions and sustainable place making and mobility planning. We developed new tools to help communities to listen to each other, learn together and imagine their future as well ways in which communities can make change that matters. We demonstrate a new approach to working with communities that changes the way transport planners and planners interact with communities and helps increase acceptance of sustainable transportation solutions.
Tom Cohen, Senior Lecturer, Active Travel Academy - University of Westminster
We report on research done for the LGA on the differing approaches taken by local authorities in designing and promoting measures that support active travel and/or discourage car use. The research has its roots in the imperatives arising from the pandemic but also embraces the climate emergency and other potentially “existential” crises. We explain the relationship between engagement approach taken and the response of stakeholders, and offer practical suggestions about how councils can advance their agendas whilst remaining true to democratic principles, at the same time avoiding the sorts of backlash that have been very widely reported.
Devon Barrett, CTO - Podaris Limited
Jun Chen, Mary University of London
Michal Weiszer, Research Assistant - Queen Mary University of London
This paper presents a case study of a proposed multi-modal and multi-objective trip planner - TrustTransit. TrustTransit will provide safer ways of travelling by integrating different transport modes and assessing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (airborne infections in general) pertaining to different trip options. TrustTransit will take into account e.g. traffic demands, transit modes, real-time passenger load/counts, personal health conditions, transmission risk, reproduction number and behaviours in order to provide trip recommendations reducing traffic-related COVID-19 exposure.

Day Two – Workshops
12:00 – 13:00

Day Two – Workshops

Irineos Livadiotes, Senior Consultant - SYSTRA
Amy Sykes, Associate Director - SYSTRA

The increase in devolved funding managed by Combined Authorities as well as Subnational bodies brings a rise in the involvement of Independent Technical Assurers (ITAs) in business cases reviewing. The workshop/paper aims to bring together the best of lessons learnt, discuss new guidance and best practice as well as innovative ideas in solving problems. This would reflect the importance of and value added through the ITAs role, illustrating how this role and assurance can add value to the scheme development process and wider programme management rather than simply being another hoop to jump though.
James Gleave, Director - Mobility Lab
Joanna Ward, Freelance Transport Planner
Where does the coronavirus pandemic leave Transport Planners – where are we going now?
Dr Luke Blazejewski, University of Salford
Dr Nick Davies, Lecture - Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Graeme Sherriff, Research Fellow - University of Salford
Lorna Stevenson, PhD Researcher - University of Westminster

An informal, interactive session to consider the benefits and limitations of micromobility for your local transport offer. Hear a rapid research review of how micromobility is used for passenger transport and freight, including key lessons for good scheme design from successful and unsuccessful exemplars. Then work with other attendees to design a micromobility offer based on a real-world scenario. Designed for those overseeing micromobility schemes (broadly speaking - long or short term (cargo-)bike, scooter, moped or microcar hire) or looking to introduce them and interested to learn from academic evidence and the professional experience of other attendees.
Chris Brooke, Transport Planner - ClarkeBond
David Knight, Regional Director - ClarkeBond

Relating well at work is important to our wellbeing and we should work for constructive relationships with those inside and outside our organisations. This will be an interactive workshop exploring healthy working relationships and what this means using presentation, discussion and mentimeter to obtain live input and feedback from delegates. It will give opportunity to Transport Practitioners to think about the work relationships they have and how these can be more fruitful in the future given their own life situation. We hope to provide some conclusions on current working relationships in our sector and how these are going to change in the future and the implications for office and home working

Day Two – Session Two
13:30 – 15:30

Communication and Engagement – Spread the Word (Room One)

Professor Glenn Lyons, Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility - UWE
University of the West of England On 23 April 2020, PTRC hosted an online Fireside Chat to address the implications for transport of the pandemic. As COVID-19’s grip moved from weeks to months and towards years, the Fireside Chat event became a Fireside Chat series – the free-to-attend format, thought provoking orientation, and high-profile panels have proved popular. This paper examines the written accounts of the Fireside Chats to assemble a combined picture of key issues that face the transport sector during and beyond the pandemic. It draws out overarching messages for the sector and contemplates what may lie ahead.
Héctor Beade-Pereda, Head of Design - Knight Architects
This article focuses on how to meaningfully capture the view of the user and perceiver when designing bridges, using two recent experiences in our firm in stakeholder engagement processes and consultations as case studies, analysing points in common and differences, and how the outcome has positively influenced the designs. The two bridges are located in diametrically opposite contexts: the new Pooley Bridge in the small village with the same name in the Lake District (Cumbria, England), and the new South Dock Bridge in the heart of Canary Wharf, in London, one of the main business districts in Europe.
George Buxton, Principal Engineer - WSP
The way in which night-time transport in cities is branded can have a significant impact on the way in which it is perceived, and therefore used. This paper will explore the extent to which the branding of night-time transport has focused on leisure journeys, at the risk of ‘othering’ a range of alternative journey purposes including travel to work and connecting to long-haul travel. The paper makes the case for a more holistic approach to marketing, using the simplicity of information and the essence of night-time to reach the widest potential audience.
Clare Rogers, Healthy Streets Campaigner - London Cycling Campaign
Too often, practitioners face visceral opposition to good transport schemes, resulting in them being watered down or abandoned altogether. But done well, community engagement can garner not only acceptance of schemes, but a sense of ownership and even pride. This talk sets out steps to good engagement based on a recent report by London Cycling Campaign and Urban Movement, How to talk to people about the future of their streets.

Our Neighbourhood – International Dimensions (Room Two)

Hasan Görgülü, Head of Transport Department - Konya Metropolitan Municipality
Mehmet Hayırlıoğlu, Smart and Sustainable Transport Branch Manager

Konya is a pioneer and exemplary City of Turkey with its applications in bicycle transportation. The original work on cycling is exemplified by other provinces. In our presentation, information will be given about bicycle paths, bicycle bridges, bicycle tram, bicycle carried buses, bicycle empathy training, bicycle repair stations, shared bicycle system, bicycle master plan in Konya.
Ofentse Hlulani Mokwena, Lecturer, Transport Economics - North-West University
South Africa is subsumed by smaller municipalities with less than 400 000 inhabitants, characterised by a small Central Business District, nearby township clusters and dispersed village (rural) settlements. As minibus taxis operate the paratransit services, dominating the public transport market, it is crucial that developing an affordable solution for minibus taxi rationalisation in peri-urban municipalities in South Africa, and thus updating the current Minimum Requirements for Integrated Transport Planning. Through three case studies, it is found that developing thresholds for rationalisation the minibus taxi fleet based on the level of service, or waiting time, of passengers is a useful strategy.
Dr. Jonas Hagen, Consultant - Hagen Consulting
Jacob Mason, Research and Impact Director - ITDP

This paper identifies opportunities for, and barriers to, implementing high volume transport (HVT) to improve environmental and social equity outcomes in cities in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. It uses qualitative data from 28 interviews with transportation stakeholders. We found issues common to both regions including a lack of understanding, lack of funding and technical capacity to implement, and the application of auto-centric policies. Our findings are relevant to both local practitioners in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, and practitioners working in national and multilateral development institutions.
Lemo Monyatsi, Traffic Engineer - Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality
EThekwini municipality has been allocating millions of rands each year for speed humps as a traffic calming measure, to curb rat-running and ensure pedestrian safety in the city. Since 2012, the city has spent R42.1 million of its capital budget on speed humps. Despite all traffic calming efforts, there hasn’t been significant changes in the city’s total accidents. Between 2000 and 2015, the city’s total crashes has never been below 50 000 per annum. In terms of injuries, the same trend can be observed. Person injuries have been increasing year-on-year since 2012. This research, therefore, aims to use information available to assess changes in specific roads, i.e. roads that have been traffic calmed. The study will look at these numbers which are key performance indicators before and after the implementation of speed humps.

Modelling – Case Studies (Room Three)

Tim Gent, Technical Director - Atkins / SNC Lavalin This paper will outline the potential for simple and rapidly developed Transport Demand Models, which can provide early indications of future travel demand scenarios, and testing of travel schemes. An example will be shown of a simple but sophisticated model developed first for mass transit scheme testing. The approach allows land use, trip-making, mode choice and distribution to be considered, and has applications for a wide-range of scenario planning problems.
Paul Minta, Principal Transport Planner - WSP
The Greater Lincoln Land use Model is an application of the CUBE land package that forecast the demand and supply of space and the corresponding locations of agents that occupy these spaces. The model covers the Lincoln Strategy area. Processes in the model are based on economic theories that simulates the behaviour of real estate developers, households and firms. The households/firms are allocated through a bidding process where the estate owner is the choice maker and the highest bidder the choice. The model will provide information to guide and add value to scheme appraisals, policy formulation and business case support.
Dominic Batchelor, Transport Planner - Transport for West Midlands
As part of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Integrated Transport Programme, Transport Management & Strategy plays a crucial role in the success of the games. In order to deliver the infrastructure and venues required to make the games a success, associated multimodal, local and regional travel movements must be modelled accurately and effectively. This paper will set out the methodology behind how the games transport is modelled and visualised across a full suite of transport modes, and how these models integrate and combine to create a holistic view of the games travel demand.
Ross Savedge, Principal Consultant, Transport Advisory - Veitch Lister Consulting
Harry Smithers, Senior Consultant - Veitch Lister Consulting

Public transport planning has benefitted from a recent explosion in the number of tools and quantity of data, with route planning packages, smart ticketing systems, and numerous others available to practitioners. Location based services (LBS) data from mobile phones can be used to identify demand, whereas accessibility analysis can be used to determine how well public transport connects people with employment and destinations. Combined, these tools can be used to optimise public transport networks to better connect people with their destinations. This presentation will explore real world examples using these tools to identify opportunities for improving public transport networks.

Data Collection – Technology and Applications (Room Four)

Simon Pope, Technical Director - WSP
With the transport sector now the largest emitter of carbon emissions in the UK and many public sector organisations having declared a climate emergency, there is significant demand in predicting and evaluating the carbon impact of transport policies, projects and programmes. WSP’s Carbon Zero Appraisal Framework provides a proportionate and transparent process for assessing carbon emissions of a scheme or programme throughout the project lifecycle, considering user benefits, embodied carbon and additional impacts. It offers the ability to influence projects from early in their development, which in line with PAS 2080, provides the greatest potential to shape beneficial outcomes.
Justin Coetzee, CEO - GoMetro
Conventional household travel surveys are expensive to execute, limited in scale and accuracy, and time consuming. Early attempts at digitising the collection process, through dedicated mobile applications, experienced challenges in meeting sampling targets. In response, this paper explores the technical and practical feasibility of integrating a bespoke user movement analytics software development kit (SDK) with existing smartphone applications (with well-established market penetration). In addition, this paper presents the results and findings of a pilot study, enabling the assessment of the accuracy and suitability of SDK-based mobility measurement, as a cost effective and powerful alternative to conventional data collection techniques.
Graham Kirby, Transport for the North
Jame Shanks, Associate Director - WSP

The Northern Highway Assignment Model (NoHAM) has been developed by Transport for the North (TfN) and WSP. A Collaborative Data Interface System (CDIS) has been developed to make best use of existing data sources to allow alignment with existing models such as the National Transport Model (NTMv5) and Highways England Regional Transport Models.
Lucy Corfield, Graduate Transport Planner - Atkins / SNC Lavalin
Chloe Foulkes, Transport Planner - Atkins / SNC Lavalin
Tim Gent, Technical Director - Atkins / SNC Lavalin

This paper addresses how the Transport Planning community can expand our existing toolkit to include innovative data management and visualisation techniques which enhance how we interact with a diverse data ecosystem when devising transport solutions. We draw on experience from the recent application of a web-based transport model viewing platform, Atkins Data Viz (ADV), to make suggestions as to how digital innovation can be applied across transport planning for the benefit of large and small-scale projects. This paper concludes that digital innovation, to enhance our interaction with transport data through effective visualisation, is necessary and feasible.

Inclusion and Accessibility – Transport for All (Room Five)

Shivani Bhatnagar, Principal City Planner - Transport for London
Monika Jain, Principal City Planner - Transport for London

We examine the intersection of socio-economic and demographic factors (income, gender, ethnicity and age) within a geospatial and trip data analysis to get to the crux of who is being left behind in our existing 15-minute neighbourhoods in London. Our work points to patterns that link travel choices with ethnicity and income. In addition to taking a balanced approach that a mix of localism and agglomeration is the way to go for London, we suggest ways of adopting inclusive planning for a sustainable, healthy and equitable future for the city.
Victoria Heald Despite advances in transport accessibly over the last decade, transport users still experience barriers to accessing and using transport systems. One explanation for this may be the prevalence of unconscious bias in transport planning. Biases can lead to unintentional barrier creation, yet there is a lack of guidance on how transport professionals can overcome or avoid unconscious bias. This research looks to address this gap by recommending measures that transport professionals, organisations and the sector can implement in daily practice.
Joanna Ward, Freelance Transport Planner
Is the current transport system in the UK fit for purpose? For any of us to be able to get around and undertake our daily lives the transport system needs to be accessible. What does ‘accessible’ mean and what does it cover? And is it fair and equal for all? In this presentation I’ll ask some of the difficult questions; Is the transport system fit for purpose? Who’s not using the transport system? Which voices are not being hear. I’ll look at some of the barriers we face to change things. I’ll look at what action Transport Planners can take.
Hannah Tweddell, Principal Transport Planner - WSP
An option to achieve a reduction of 10-15% in vehicle traffic, without impacting the economy, connectivity and prosperity, is the introduction of a Park and Ride (P&R) site. Delivering P&R sites can be a challenging undertaking, with many uncertainties such as service type, frequency, location, fares, and journey time savings. To answer those uncertainties WSP have delivered a P&R tool, which it has successfully used to support local authorities including Leeds City Council to deliver a ring of P&R sites surrounding the city centre, demonstrating the ability of the tool to scope and validate different P&R operating models.

Sustainable Planning – Evaluation and Appraisal (Room Six)

Reynold Greenlaw - Oxford Computer Consultants
At the Oxford TPM we ran a workshop on user requirements for a new transport model. This is a short presentation of the resulting product which is now in Beta and described at
Dr. Helen Roberts, Senior Analyst, Transport Value for Money team - NAO
The National Audit Office transport team developed a user-friendly, interactive tool to visualise public transport journey times to public service locations, based on new and innovative analyses of government data. We showed government what it could do with existing data to inform policy discussions and worked closely with multiple client bodies to create a community of interest among analysts who might use the journey time tool. We also published an insights document outlining the key findings from our analysis and we ensured that our method was fully explained in a technical guide so that other could use and further develop our ideas.
Paul Smith, Technical Director - WSP
Jacob Peach, Technical Director - WSP

Local and regional authorities are increasingly interested in opportunities to reflect and understand local circumstances in transport forecasting. The innovative External Forecast System enhancement project, commissioned by TfN and delivered with support from WSP and Stantec, provides a flexible tool focused on interfacing between strategic economic visions and regional transport model implementation. This paper explains the EFS models purpose, its functionality and implementation, through the use of a range of future scenarios to assist the development of TfN programmes to strengthen business case preparations to provide robust, resilient, flexible and innovative transport policies.
Howard Wong, PhD Candidate - University College London
Travel locations do not exist individually and independently, nor should they be analysed singularly. Movements between two travel locations are highly reciprocated over a day, but not within a day. This presentation explains an innovative framework to analyse diverse mobility by conceptualising locations as individual entities in a network and performing dyadic analysis to study each pair of locations for their dyadic intra-day and intra-week “interactions” and “relations”. If a location can have friends, can it be friendlier to one than another? I will demonstrate the application of the framework on London’s rail demand data.