How to become a transport planner: Hard hats, hi-vis and houmous

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There are many transport planners who end up in the profession and wonder how they got there. But there are also transport planners who chose the profession deliberately.

What inspired me to become a transport planner?

I am one of the latter. And before you ask, I wasn’t obsessed with train sets as a child. I was never taken train-spotting or to a heritage bus rally, and I didn’t even have any family or friends working in transport. But I think I know the reason. I was a child in Scotland in the 1980s. I witnessed the decline of reliable public transport options, and the relatively quiet streets I could cycle on rapidly disappearing under the weight of rapid car growth.

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Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets

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Centre for London, the think tank for London, has published its report from the Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets, looking at how the capital could tackle the conflicting pressures on its transport system. Martin Wedderburn has assisted the Commission in authoring the report as a Research Associate.

The independent Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets was convened by Centre for London and chaired by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England. Its aim was to develop new thinking on what London could do to manage the conflicting pressures on the capital’s surface transport system and public realm.

The Commission’s final report calls on the Mayor to make more efficient use of London’s finite road network, by focusing his efforts on creating a transport system centred on public transport, walking and cycling, and making the most of new technology. The report comes as the Mayor finalises his Transport Strategy.

The Commission recommended an ambitious and innovative package of policy reforms, to help achieve this vision, including:

  • Introducing a London Movement Code to better guide the interaction between different road users.
  • Introducing a cashback scrappage scheme as part of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, benefiting motorists who pay ULEZ charges frequently.
  • Replacing the Congestion Charge with a pan-London, pre-pay smart road user pricing scheme.
  • Reviewing the Congestion Charge to remove the exemption from private hire vehicles and reduce the resident discount.
  • Encouraging households to give up their parking permits through incentives such as Oyster or car club credits.

Driverless vehicles at Place North West event on Futureproofing Retail

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Martin will be speaking about driverless vehicles at Place North West event on Futureproofing Retail on Thursday 8th September in Manchester. A great deal has been written recently about the potential benefits of autonomous vehicles. Yet transport planners have only just begun to think through the implications for our travel patterns and the nature of our built environment. Martin will discuss the resulting challenges and opportunities for the retail sector

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