This unit is designed to provide an overview of the various aspects of transport planning. It seeks to give a flavour of the different elements of transport planning, showing the part played by each in the making, planning, development and implementation of transport projects, together with relevant issues concerning travel behaviour, modal choice and accessibility. In particular, the unit aims to broaden the candidate’s thinking respect of the various factors that have to be balanced in transport decision making: economic prosperity, environment, congestion, social inclusion and accessibility, equity, choice, safety.
Students are encouraged to study the given, but to link them into their local/ national and regional environment so that practices undertaken locally can be seen in the wider global context. However many transport planning practices / measures have universal applicability.