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As a leading provider of training courses, study tours, workshops, seminars and conferences for transport planning professionals, we develop and organise training programmes that are relevant, accessible and beneficial.  

Below you will find our training programme. Click the leaflet next to each course listing for further details. To book one of our upcoming courses, please click here.

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Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers | Two Days

The modelling of junctions, road networks and public transport systems provides fundamental information to support decisions taken on future land uses, investment in the transport system and other policy interventions. The mathematical programs underpinning commonly used modelling packages are highly complex and sophisticated systems. The mathematical “black box” combinedwith limited practicalexperience of modelling means that many people responsible for commissioning modelling activities find modelling a daunting area of responsibility. This course provides an introduction to the modelling tools commonly used, providing delegates with an understanding of the applicability of different models to various situations, and equips practitioners with simple techniques for checking model outputs.

 

Risk, Liability and Project Delivery – Essential Legislation for Highway and Transport Practitioners | Two Days

The legislation affecting transport practitioners is wide ranging, with often serious consequences for non-compliance. Covering the main duties, powers and obligations placed on practitioners by UK legislation, this course provides an essential insight into the distinction between law and guidance and the risks that can arise from departing from this.

 

Successful Planning Applications for Transport Practitioners | One Day

Following the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012, the government condensed long established planning policy guidance into a Planning Practice Guidance portal, published online in March 2014. Both NPPF and wider changes to the planning system have drastically altered the ground rules for transport planners and engineers working within the field of development management. This one day course provides an overview of the new development management framework, providing practical advice for those involved in the preparation and review of transport assessments

 

 


Road Safety Audits – Principles and Good Practice | One Day

In 2013 1,173 people died in traffic accidents in Great Britain. Although Great Britain is one of the best performing countries in the world when it comes to road safety, there are still improvements that can be made to reduce the number of deaths and injuries occurring on our roads. This course will introduce delegates to the cause of accidents and how they can be addressed by engineering, education and enforcement interventions. It will particularly focus on the use of road safety audits as one way of ensuring that safety is given sufficient consideration in the design process.

 

Traffic Signing: From First Principles to Best Practice | Two Days

This two day course covers everything you need to know about traffic signing, from the Traffic Signs, Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) and Traffic Signs Manual (TSM) to the impacts of signing on public realm quality. The course will provide one of the first opportunities to review newly updated guidance. Please contact us for further information


On-Street Parking Scheme Design: Essential Knowledge for Transport Professionals | One Day

Parking management and provision is a key concern to industry professionals and the general public alike. Balancing the apparent need for parking facilities with the often conflicting demand for kerb-side space is a complex issue which typically goes beyond applying strict technical rationale. There are also social, political and economic aspects to be considered. This course focuses on providing participants with a clear understanding of how to develop evidence-based solutions for parking issues whilst avoiding common mistakes

 

Planning Public Transport Services | Two Days

Providing high quality public transport has long been seen as a pro-active means of addressing challenges for European cities such as traffic congestion costs, traffic in cities, pollution-related deaths, rising costs of fuel and our unsustainable dependence on cars. However, Public Transport service planners and operators face a range of practical, financial, operational and social challenges in developing services. This course will focus on existing short range public transport planning practice and methods for improving it.

 

Design, Construction and Maintenance of Highway Drainage Systems | Two Days

This two day course provides up-to-date information on current practice, legislation, design, construction and maintenance standards, appropriate materials and innovative solutions. The focus of the course is on achieving effective and maintainable drainage systems, and is presented by recognised experts in the field who have extensive experience in the road industry.

 

Sustainable Road Repairs and Maintenance | One Day

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.

 

Business Engagement and Travel Planning | One Day

Designed for smarter travel practitioners, this one day course explores the motivational factors behind workplace engagement in behavioural change programmes, equipping practitioners with a tried and tested toolkit for use in developing their own engagement programmes.

 

Introduction to Highway Design and Construction | Two Days

Most new infrastructure is supported by the creation of new roads and the adjustment of existing ones. This course provides an understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning the geometrical design, construction and drainage requirements of roads, and introduces practitioners to different contractual and funding options.

 

Introduction to Traffic Survey Techniques | One Day

To provide participants with knowledge of traffic survey techniques to allow them to identify, organise, analyse and use the most appropriate techniques and data to suit their transport planning requirements. The course presents information from the perspectives of data users and data suppliers, giving a balanced overview of this often overlooked but vitally important element of the transport planning process.

 

Traffic Orders – Principles and Good Practice | One Day

Traffic Orders are an essential requirement for just about every enforceable restriction that applies to the highway, and will be required for the construction and operation of many transport infrastructure schemes. This course provides delegates with an undesrtanding of the formal stages involved in making different types of Traffic Orders, and will offer valuable insight into the process for creating these legal documents. 

 

 


Statistical Techniques for Transport Planners | One Day

This one day course provides a hands-on introduction to fundamental mathematical techniques for analysing data. Focused on common data requirements for transport projects, the course guides delegates through sample size, confidence intervals and common statistical techniques.

 

Ensuring Compliance with the Equality Act | Two Days

This course has been developed to help transport, highways and public realm professionals in unitary county and district authorities to understand the provisions of the Equality Act and what this means for their day-to-day work in policy development through to planning, designing and delivering schemes on the ground

 

 


Travel Plan Surgery: How to Design an Effective Travel Plan – Developing a Travel Plan for your Organisation | One Day

The Travel Plan Surgery will help individuals to develop a travel plan for their site that caters for their organisational needs. The practical sessions include an initial introduction to travel planning with an experienced travel planner, who will be on hand throughout the day to provide expert advice on developing your travel plan and ensuring it meets the guidelines. Please contact us for further information.


Trip Banking: A Practical Guide to Improving Sustainable Transport in the Planning Process | One Day

At a time when funding is scarce, it is clear that the need for sustained economic growth has to be met in a carbon-friendly and efficient manner. Trip banking is an approach that allows developments to be more creatively designed. The application of area wide travel planning (over a much larger area than the application site) allow strip savings achieved from modal shift to be credited back to a development. The potential of existing infrastructure, coupled with ever tightening budgets around section106 contributions, means trip banking is a viable option. Please contact us for further information.


Public Inquiries and Appeals – Preparation to Give Expert Witness Evidence | Two Days

This course is a must for any practitioner who may need to give evidence as an expert witness on behalf of a local authority, the private sector or promoter of a development. Simulating the real-life speed and pressure of an inquiry environment, the course provides the key background knowledge and skills to help delegates formulate and articulate their arguments. The course is equally applicable to those preparing to appear at an inquiry or appeal, and will also give core skills to those who will be involved in Local Development Framework (LDF) policy or roundtable-style hearings.  

 

Developing Successful School Travel Plans - What makes a good secondary school travel plan? | One Day

Whilst development of school travel plans has become ‘second nature’ across the UK over the past two decades, with future planning growth and rising populations, this tool is still highly relevant. As we come out of the latest round of LSTF projects, against a background of rising car ownership and use, the ‘school run’ still remains a key area to tackle - particularly in the secondary school sector. This course focuses specifically on the successful ingredients needed to construct, deliver and monitor travel plans for establishments catering for 11-16/18 year olds. It highlights the role of the planning process, particularly given the need for new schools and academies to cater for the demands of expanding urban and rural communities. Packed with helpful tips and case studies, this one-day course is a must for anyone wishing to refresh or enhance their knowledge of school travel planning techniques, and looking for new and innovative ways to secure commitment and engagement.