A Vision for Transport Planning

A new report, ‘A Vision for Transport Planning’, has been produced and published by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Transport Planning Society (TPS). It sets out what it believes is the key role transport planning can play in meeting the pressing challenges the nation will face over the next 20 years. Taking a view to 2035, it focuses on the benefits of transport planning, which it says range from its major impact on national economic performance to combating climate change, creating pleasant, vibrant streets and improving public health. The document provides a view of the central and local government structures and policies which could be needed, the skills the transport planning profession must equip itself with and the support it requires.

The report envisages the creation of a national spatial planning strategy produced with input from all relevant central government departments. It claims this strategy would set the lead for local authorities having significant decentralised powers to fund and control transport systems, and develop complementary plans to the national strategy. At local level, ‘place making’ would become a core element of transport planning, balancing issues such as smooth transport flows, the need for people-friendly streets and air quality. The Vision poses a number of challenges to the transport planning profession. They include: bringing together the wide number of professional fields with an influence on transport, building an in-depth understanding of the priorities of local communities and developing acute political acumen.

Chair of TPS, Nick Richardson FCILT, said, ‘Transport planning is on the cusp of a new phase of growth which will help meet expanding travel needs and expectations. Creating a vision for transport planning is an important element for achieving success in the future.’
Visit https://ciltuk.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/Policy/2014/VFTP_2014.pdf to view the report.

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