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PTRC News – TPM – What did the participants say?

“A great opportunity for catching up with colleagues and peers in the industry and finding out about the latest technical developments” “TPM is a great way to hear from fellow transport professionals about good work” “As ever, a broad and fascinating range of topics covered. This is a 'must' in the training calendar and highly recommended for transport planners at any stage in their career” “It was my first visit to the conference and found it a very worthwhile experience with a wide range of interesting topics, and I would certainly book again” “TPM 2014 was a well organised and...
01 August 2014
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Happy Holidays from the team at PTRC!

It’s been a couple of months since we sent out the last PTRC newsletter and what a busy couple of months it’s been.  You might be forgiven for thinking that we’d all dashed off on our summer holidays as soon as TPM was over, but no, we’ve been beavering away on the Autumn training programme.  With three conferences and sixteen courses planned from September, and a similar line up in the pipeline for the Spring, it’s all go at Vernon Mews this Summer.  Amongst the courses starting in September are some of our old favourites – we’re bringing the Principles of Traffic and Transport 20 week...
31 July 2014
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Top transport planners honoured at this year’s transport practititoners’ meeting awards ceremony

PTRC’s 2014 Transport Practitioners’ Meeting Awards have been awarded to top transport planners across the UK in recognition of their work in proposing, planning and developing schemes that improve local transport provision, enhance the built environment, or contribute to local socio-economic well-being. The PTRC Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning, Transport for London, for her commitment and contribution to the transport planning profession. Her award was presented by Daniel Parker-Klein, Director, PTRC, who commended Michèle for her...
08 July 2014
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Transport for London’s Michèle Dix honored with PTRC’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning, Transport for London has been awarded PTRC’s Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s prestigious Transport Practitioners’ Meeting Awards ceremony. PTRC’s Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to leading figures in the transport world for their commitment and contribution to the transport planning profession. Sir Peter Hendy CBE was delighted to congratulate Michèle in winning this prestigious award and described her as ‘the best transport planner in Britain’. He acknowledged that ‘Michèle’s achievements cannot be understated’ and that...
03 July 2014
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Three weeks to go to TPM!

Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to take out a lane of a busy urban dual-carriageway to give more space to buses and cyclists without causing horrific queues? Pondered whether the idea of floating bus stops works in practice? These are some of the measures implemented on Lewes Road, Brighton, which Robin Reed and Richard Hearle of Mott MacDonald will be discussing at this year’s TPM.  Mark Honey from TfL will be presenting the latest developments on Crossrail 2 – how this scheme will benefit the wider London rail network and what the next steps are for the project. For...
16 June 2014
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Highways Issues in the Mainstream Media

May has seen much coverage of highways issues in the mainstream media, following the publication of the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA)’s annual ALARM report and the DfT’s announcement of a £168m fund for pothole repairs.  Setting aside any cynicism about the structure of the pothole fund in the context of an approaching general election, and the requirement for authorities to provide monthly progress reports to central government in a supposed era of decentralisation and red-tape reduction, there are a number of more general issues raised by this funding opportunity. The application...
15 May 2014
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Giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee

I recently made the “mistake” of preparing a response to a Parliamentary Select Committee.  That it was a mistake became apparent when I was invited to appear at the House of Commons to give evidence; for a first-timer it turned out to be an unexpectedly nerve-wracking experience. It’s possible that the more outspoken your written reps are, the more likely the committee is to want to talk with you.  So if you actually want a trip to the Mother of Parliaments, don’t pull your punches.  A straight polemic is unlikely to win you any plaudits but an even-handed, well-evidenced critique that...
25 April 2014
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Urban Transport Design Award – sent to Coventry

This week heralds the opening of the call for nominations for the 2014 Urban Transport Design Award (UTDA). Whilst the seven objectives of “By Design” may no longer form part of the formal planning framework, they are still relevant principles for good urban design, and feature strongly in the judging criteria for this award. It recognises good-looking, functional schemes that work for all users. Whilst not always perfect, successful schemes are invariably interesting, innovative, effective and attractive in some measure.  All three of the schemes shortlisted for last year’s UTDA –...
11 April 2014
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What next for Transport Funding? A Sneak Preview of TPM 2014

“With the arrival of a new set of acronyms, LEPs, SEPs and LTBs, the transport planning map has been re-drawn, and the route to transport funding re-formulated. The new geographies of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are a significant feature of this changing landscape, and whilst some relate neatly to longstanding partnership areas and PTEs, many are entirely new entities. Against a back drop of challenging timescales imposed by Central Government, Local Transport Boards (LTBs) were charged with prioritising a number of major transport schemes. These were to be ‘shovel ready’, with...
31 March 2014
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Planning Public Transport Services- April 2nd and 3rd 2014, London

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. This two-day course is a practical guide to operations...
18 March 2014
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