The Importance of Traffic Orders Being Fit for Purpose

Many councils are blissfully unaware of a hidden but substantial risk of significant financial and reputational damage, which often only comes to light when a hard-done-by motorist delves into the...
10 August 2015/Number of views (260)

Leading experts set out their views on government transport priorities

At a time when the government is under pressure over future transport provision – particularly regarding decisions on rail electrification schemes in the north and new runway capacity in...
03 July 2015/Number of views (341)

Transport Practitioners Meeting TPM only two weeks away

On this the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, celebrations, discussions and exhibitions around the UK and the world mark the significance of a document hailed as the foundation...
15 June 2015/Number of views (509)


Another successful Transport Practitioners’ Meeting

Thank you to all speakers, chairs, delegates and sponsors who braved two of the year’s hottest days to make the 13th Annual Transport Practitioners’ Meeting a success. We welcomed over 220 transport planners, highway engineers and urban transport designers over the course of the two-day conference where discussion, debate and valuable networking allowed attendees to take away fresh ideas for the year to come.

In addition to a huge thank you, congratulations are also in order for this year’s awards winners. Two PTRC awards were presented during the TPM awards ceremony, including the PTRC Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Stephen Glaister, Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure at Imperial College London and the PTRC award of the Best Paper at TPM Demonstrating Sustainable Transport Solutions which was presented to Patrick Lingwood of Bedford Borough Council for his paper Bedford turbo-style roundabout – a new cycle and pedestrian-friendly design. Further awards were presented by the Transport Planning Society, the Brian Large Bursary Fund and Urban Movement. Details of all the award winners can be found on our website.

If you missed out on the conference then not to worry, you can purchase access to the conference papers and presentations for £99. Please email for further details.

Thank you to all for a successful year, and here’s to looking forward to TPM 2016!


An Introduction to Highway Design and Construction

16th - 17th September, London

Continuing cut-backs and restraint in funding of highway construction and maintenance has led to even greater need for practitioners to gain an appreciation and understanding of cost-effective highway design, specification and implementation. The principles of highway engineering apply not only to the construction of major new road schemes, but also to smaller improvements, reconstruction and on-going road maintenance. Design approaches are related to DMRB, also to the Manual for Streets. This two day course will consider the roles and responsibilities of highway authorities and consultants. Additionally it will guide participants through highway design and construction of new or remodelled roads.

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Traffic and Transport Survey Techniques

18th September, London

Traffic data is an essential input to any highways traffic and transport project. There are two broad categories of data collected - quantitative data and qualitative data. This course provides an introduction to both types of data collection as well as looking at statistical considerations and innovative methods of data collection. The costs, advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the various survey techniques available to the practitioner are explored.

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Sustainable Roads, Repairs and Maintenance

22nd September, London

Environmental and economic considerations give rise to the need for energy conservation, re-use of highway construction materials and suitable industrial by-products. Recycling options bring considerable savings in Landfill and Aggregate Taxes. In addition the focus of the Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance Management on Safety, Serviceability and Sustainability requires all involved to seek optimum, economic and environmental solutions.

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