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CENV6001 Transport Planning: Practice

Module Overview

This module develops the understanding of transport policy and planning introduced in CENV6169 ‘Transport Planning: Policy and Governance’ by providing a broad range of examples of transport planning practice. A range of transport planning measures are introduced, and the importance of taking into account the needs of a range of users is discussed. Methods for stakeholder engagement and scheme approval are explored in detail, with a particular focus on the public inquiry process.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The main aims of this module are to enable students to understand how transport policy and planning techniques are employed in real life transport planning practice examples.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A wide range of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ transport planning measures available to transport planners
  • Constraints on the transport planning process
  • How transport planners can engage with and meet the needs of transport users.
  • The public inquiry process in the UK, where there is a transport component.
  • The process of developing travel plans.
  • Engagement with stakeholders and the media
  • How the transport sector attempts to achieve sustainability
  • A wide range of current practical transport planning issues.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Generate and argue a case for or against a development proposal.
  • Critique the case presented by others
  • Describe transport planning practice through a broad range of examples
  • Discuss the impacts of transport planning schemes on a range of user groups.
  • Identify information requirements and sources for scheme design and evaluation.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicating, questioning and effectively evaluating alternative approaches and solutions
  • Time management
  • The use of creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Collating, synthesising and prioritising information.
  • Learning, studying and researching independently.
  • Reporting your work effectively.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Debate opposing sides of a transport planning scenario


Contact time in the module will include the following sessions, with each session including a mix of different delivery modes as decided by individual lecturers in consultation with the module lead: 1) Transport Planning Measures: Overview and Constraints 2) Interchange Design and Operation 3) Urban Design and Transport 4) Transport Users and User Engagement in Planning 5) Disabled Travellers, Equality and Discrimination 6) Pedestrians, Cyclists and the Manual for Streets 7) Travel Plans and Planning 8) Mock Public Inquiry a. Introduction b. Tutorial c. Mock Inquiries 9) Stakeholder and Media Engagement and Community Involvement 10) Transport planning for major projects

Special Features

For one of the pieces of assessed work for the module, students are required to take part in a debate about the transport sustainability of a proposed development. Because of the potential for students to take different roles within the debate it is possible to accommodate students with special needs within this activity.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

a. lectures / seminars, many led by external speakers. b. Series of debates about the transport sustainability of example development proposals. c. Support tutorials for public inquiry coursework.

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Wider reading or practice20
Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work14
Practical classes and workshops7
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Button KJ & Hensher D (eds) (2005). Handbook of Transport Strategy, Policy and Institutions. 

White, P (2001). Public Transport: Its Planning, Management and Operation,. 

Shaw J & Docherty (2014). The Transport Debate. 

Gilbert R & Perl A (2010). Transport Revolutions: Moving People And Freight Without Oil. 

Tumlin J (2012). Sustainable Transportation Planning. 


Assessment Strategy

A specimen exam paper will be available to the first cohort of students undertaking the revised module to enable them to understand the level at which they will be assessed.


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%
Mock Public Inquiry 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%
Mock Public Inquiry 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: CENV6169

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