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Transport Practitioners’ Meeting 2016 – Call for Papers (and an autumnal holiday rant)

Transport Practitioners’ Meeting 2016 – Call for Papers (and an autumnal holiday rant)

Despite the fact that Guy Fawkes Night has all the trappings of a great holiday – fireworks, creepy masks and  its beginnings rooted in religious zealotry- as an American I find it a bit difficult to get behind a celebration that so overshadows Halloween. 
02 November 2015
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Sharing Some Thoughts on Shared Space and the Equality Act

Sharing Some Thoughts on Shared Space and the Equality Act

Shared Space has continued to spark controversy over the past year, and concerns are leading to questions being asked about its consistency with particular aspects of the Equality Act.  The concept of Shared Space involves removing the on-street demarcations between pedestrian space and vehicular space and designing for lower traffic speeds, in the expectation that this will naturally lead to greater freedom for the pedestrian and greater caution on the part of motorists due to increased uncertainty regarding each other’s movements.  
13 October 2015
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Joined up thinking: PTRC and TPS and developing transport skills

Joined up thinking: PTRC and TPS and developing transport skills

Over the last few years transport planning has seen yet another roller coaster in terms of demand for skilled and experienced transport planners. We are now very much in a growth part of the cycle, with the result that employers, at least in the private sector, are again recruiting graduates and seeking to broaden their knowledge and experience while at the same time undertaking productive transport planning work.  However, local authorities outside London have continuing problems and the picture is one of very tight budgets and skills development too often having to take second (or...
03 September 2015
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The Importance of Traffic Orders Being Fit for Purpose

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 detail of a traffic regulation order and successfully challenges their fine.  Staple fare for the Daily Mail and other tabloids, which gleefully report that the local authority concerned will now be forced to pay back thousands of pounds of illegal fines.  Meanwhile, the council faces a race against time to ensure that errors are corrected and traffic movement and/or parking activities...
10 August 2015
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Leading experts set out their views on government transport priorities

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 south-east England, three leading transport experts set out their contrasting views of what the government should prioritise at the annual Transport Practitioners Meeting. 
03 July 2015
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Transport Practitioners Meeting TPM only two weeks away

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 for political freedom, human rights and countless democratic movements throughout history.
15 June 2015
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If in Doubt, Read the Small Print

If in Doubt, Read the Small Print

For decades we have been demanding ever more from our streets. It is not just that people are travelling more. Now there are multiple elements to manage: reconciling the movement and place functions our roads have to perform; prioritising various users in the competition for road space; servicing the economy and society through the utility services under the surface; and more.

21 May 2015
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The 2015 Urban Transport Design Award

Call for Nominations

The Urban Transport Design Award recognises highways, traffic and transport schemes that do much more than just facilitate movement, and urban realm schemes that do much more than look good...

30 April 2015
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Developments with Road Safety Audit and Collision, Prevention and Reduction practice in the UK

Developments with Road Safety Audit and Collision, Prevention and Reduction practice in the UK

New highway schemes and developmental infrastructure should ideally be designed and implemented in accordance with safe systems principles.  One way to help achieve this is through the appropriate use of road safety audits, non-motorised user audits and quality audits.  There have been significant developments in this field in the last 12 months with Transport for London introducing a new Safety Audit Procedure in May 2014 and more recently the publication of the long awaited departmental standard for Road Safety Audit; DMRB HD19/15.  The new HD19/15 standard, which...
27 April 2015
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Transport Practitioners’ Meeting (TPM) | 1-2 July | London Metropolitan University

Whilst you listlessly stare out your office window wondering when the day will come that you do not shudder the moment you walk outside or when you can finally retire your deerstalker cap for yet another season,  we at PTRC are busy preparing for our full summer of trainings and, of course, our annual Transport Practitioners’ Meeting (TPM). This year marks the 13th Annual Transport Practitioners’ meeting, and whilst 13 is not a number that traditionally calls out for  celebration or particular fanfare, we are confident that this year’s conference will...
24 March 2015
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