Upcoming Event - 12th Jan 2017

Transport Planning Professional (TPP) Qualification Launch 

The Transport Planning Society is pleased to launch the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification in the Republic of Ireland. The TPP qualification has been designed to provide professional recognition for transport planners in the same way that Chartered Engineer recognises the highest level of engineering competence. TPP is run jointly by TPS and CIHT and its introduction in Ireland will enhance transport planning as a career choice and will assist in acknowledging the work and experience of transport planners. Transport planners pursuing TPP will benefit from a structured and relevant training programme, gain evidence of knowledge and technical competency and support for career progression. Presenters at the TPP Launch will include:

  • Kate Morris, Director, Strategic Planning & Advisory AECOM
  • Stephen Wood, Head of Transport Planning & Modelling, Dept. for Infrastructure Northern Ireland
  • Keith Buchan, Skills Director, Transport Planning Society

When: 18:30, Thursday January 12th 2017

Where: Meeting Room 1/2, National Transport Authority, Harcourt Lane

All welcome. To register your interest please email roi@tps.org.uk



Past TPS Event - 8th Dec 2016

Transport Futures - The challenges ahead 


‘How should our transport system evolve to support society’s future needs?’

Professor Glenn Lyons of University of West England challenges traditional assumptions on population, prosperity and traffic growth by looking at how social, technological, political and environmental factors may shape our travel habits in the future drawing on his experiences during the CIHT Futures and theNew Zealand Ministry of Transport Futures projects. Professor Lyons presentation was followed by panel discussion of key stakeholders including;

  • Anne Graham of the National Transport Authority
  • Helen Hughes - of Transport Infrastructure Ireland
  • Liam Daly of the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport
  • Paul Hogan - Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

This event was hosted by the Transport planning Society and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation



Past TPS Event - 8th Nov 2016

Achieving Walkable Urban Areas - Challenges and Opportunities


Walking, as a transport mode, deserves greater attention from transport practioners not just because of the transport sustainability benefits it presents but also it’s role in place making and liveability. This Transport Planning Society event looked at our recent experience of pedestrian planning in Ireland, and internationally, both on a city and project specific scale. Presenters included:

  • Susan Claris, Associate Director, Arup
  • Edith Roberts, Senior Executive Engineer, Cork City Council
  • Tiago Oliveira, Arup

The event attracted large numbers from the transport sector and was chaired by Frank McDonald, Irish Arts Review and Irish Times.




Inaugural Meeting of the Transport Planning Society in Ireland

The recently formed Irish branch of the Transport Planning Society held its inaugural meeting in Dublin on 23rd June 2016. A large turnout of 70-80 transport planners demonstrated both the strength of transport planning in Ireland and the support for the establishment of a transport planning focussed society. The meeting was chaired by the Regional Representative for Ireland, Elaine Brick, together with the committee comprising of Andrew Archer, Barry Colleary, Shane Dunny, John Fahey, Jonathan Hennessy, Sara Monsoor and Philip Shiels.

 The launch of TPS in Ireland reflects the importance of this profession here and the need to support transport planners through structured professional development. Board member, Tim Morton, opened the meeting by introducing TPS, explaining what TPS offered transport planners, and setting out the aims in Ireland. He was followed by seven leading members of the transport planning profession in Ireland including Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority. The speakers represented both the public and private sectors with backgrounds in engineering, urban design, planning, economics, behaviour change etc. The speakers outlined the key challenges they felt were facing transport planners in Ireland today as summarised below;

  • Congestion and the need for behaviour change to support investment;
  • Lack of Funding;
  • Need for targeted investment and improved efficiencies;
  • Improved integration between land use and transport planning; and
  • Climate Change.

 The enthusiasm and energy of the audience made it clear that transport planning is flourishing in Ireland. There was widespread interest in the training offer from TPS – PDS and (jointly with CIHT) TPP - and it is intended that the leader of our Skills Team, Keith Buchan, will visit shortly to launch PDS and TPP here. By bringing the profession together and giving it a professional home of its own, TPS has the potential to provide considerable support to Irish practitioners.

 Elaine and the Committee are lining up a further programme of meetings throughout the year and if the inaugural meeting is anything to go by, the Society is assured of a vibrant and successful future in the RoI.

 To enquire about membership or sign up for information on TPS news and events in Ireland please contact roi@tps.org.uk

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