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CENV6088 Transportation Planning: Policies and Methods

Module Overview

The main aims of this module are to i) describe recent trends in transport and the development of current transport policy in the UK and around the world, ii) examine how this has affected transportation planning and to provide fundamental knowledge on transport planning theory and processes, iii) introduce the concept of transport demand modelling and demonstrate why it is so important to understanding the likely consequences of various courses of action. The module provides basic knowledge to underpin transport planning practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide students with a sound understanding of recent transport trends alongside current UK and World transport policy, the transport planning process and the role demand modelling plays in understanding the likely consequences of various policy options.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Recent trends in transport and the major drivers behind travel behaviour
  • The transport planning process
  • Data requirements for transport planning
  • Governance of transport and transport policy in the UK, EU and elsewhere.
  • Current guidance on transport and land use planning, with particular reference to the UK.
  • A wide range of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ transport planning measures available to transport planners
  • New transport planning modelling methods.
  • The four stage modelling process of trip assignment.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain why transport planning is a necessary aspect of governance.
  • Discriminate and interpret between different policy options and their implications.
  • Analyse the relationships between demand and supply in transport planning.
  • Recall/describe the transport policy process and key issues determining policy options.
  • Describe the transport planning modelling process and options.
  • Examine and evaluate conventional and emerging modelling techniques.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Learn and study/research independently
  • Report your work effectively
  • Collate and synthesise/prioritise information
  • Manipulate and analyse data
  • Evaluate alternative solutions and approaches
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Review a range of literature.
  • Manage and organise time.
  • Support arguments with appropriate source references.


* Introduction to transport policy and the planning process * Transport trends in the UK, EU and worldwide and key constraints which influence transport planning * UK Transport policy (how has policy changed over the last 30 years and what are the key drivers today?) * EU and world transport policy (the key EU directives and how EU policy influences local decision making) * Land use and transport planning * ‘Hard’ measures for transport planning (investigating schemes that have been implemented in the UK and EU) * Pricing and ‘soft’ measures for transport planning (investigating how travel behaviour can be influenced using other change mechanisms) * Data requirements and collection methods for transport planning * Travel demand, supply and elasticity * An introduction to four-stage modelling for transport planning (Trip generation methods, Trip distribution methods, Modal choice methods, Trip assignment methods) * New methods of modelling in transport planning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures are the main method of delivery on the module (5 three hour and 10 two hour lectures slots) which present the fundamental material using slides and video. Lectures are recorded using Panopto and are made available to students following the lecture via Blackboard. 15 lectures are allocated to the four-stage modelling process with associated in-class and self-study tutorial examples. Learning activities include: Research for assignment, literature review/analysis, directed reading, student directed learning, modelling exercises.

Completion of assessment task46
Preparation for scheduled sessions34
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

Ortuzar, J and Willumsen P (2002). Modelling Transport. 

Tumlin J (2012). Sustainable Transportation Planning. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 20%
Examination  (180 minutes) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 20%
Examination  (180 minutes) 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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