As well as providing professional development and a meeting place for all those working in the transport sector, the Transport Planning Society takes a leading role in the response to emerging policy challenges.  The TPS continues to respond to consultations on various topics of strategic importance, to ensure that transport planners views are considered in policy making and scheme development.  The Policy group within TPS leads these responses.  We focus on strategic issues of national importance and we always try to reflect members’ views in our responses, drawing on the annual Members’ Survey.    The Events and Policy teams work closely together to ensure there is an opportunity to debate the latest issues to inform TPS policy responses.

Further details of our policy reports can be found here 

The TPS will continue to respond to consultations, and where time permits will invite TPS members to contribute their views.  If you are keen to be involved in specific consultations please email policy@tps.org.uk.


The Transport Planning Society’s bursary scheme aims to encourage Young Professional members of TPS to produce a piece of structured thought on a topic of current relevance to transport planning. The value of each bursary is £500.

Katie Taylor, a  former Board Member  responsible for Young Professionals has shared her views on Youtube. Click here to hear her tell you more. 

The bursaries provide a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of your chosen topic, raise your profile within the profession, promote your career development and to benefit from your mentor’s experience and advice.

Bursaries have their own section which can be accessed through the policy menu to the left of this page or click here

Innovation and good practice

The TPS “Wiki” innovative good practice guide

Good practice guides take a great deal of time to assemble and tend to go out of date quite quickly. TPS wants to try a new approach for transport planning initiatives which have wider value. These would include “on the ground” schemes, but also new ways of working, and new policy approaches. The aim is to spread best practice and contribute to the wider public understanding of transport planning as well as some of the useful work that we do. It will help to structure our award for the Transport Planner of the Year.

The approach we want to try is to get our members (public or private sector or jointly) to submit a description of a transport initiative or scheme (ongoing or completed) which has innovative or particularly successful content, in a short, standard format. It would be open to organisations of all shapes and sizes, plus individual freelancers. We do stress, however, that this a good practice resource not a marketing exercise! The involvement of younger professionals in preparing the submissions would also be a benefit and should linked through to the completion of the PDS units.

Click here or on the left hand menu to access the good practice section.

Agenda for Change

In 2015 the TPS produced an “Agenda for Change” report, built on a range of TPS activities:

  • Policy responses by TPS to Government consultations
  • Proceedings of relevant events from our 2014/15 programme, including:  aviation policy and the Davies Commission, appraisal and modelling, transport and health, and specifically on the draft Manifesto: one event in London for our Corporate Stakeholders, meetings with Transport Studies centres at University of West of England, Oxford and Leeds, and one for all transport professionals in Birmingham
  • The results from the TPS Annual Member Survey undertaken at the end of 2014
  • Reports produced as part of the TPS Bursary scheme – where young professionals produce a short research report on a specified theme, this year what an incoming government should do to improve planning for transport.
  • Direct Member input on the draft through our website and forums.

Full Agenda for Change report here




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