Policy 2020



Letter to the Secretary of State for Transport from the TPS Chair 

In a letter to the Secretary of State, TPS Chair, Stephen Bennett urged the new government  to realise the value of good transport planning, and to ensure that transport investment decisions are based on sound evidence. 

Read  the Letter to the SOS from TPS here


DfT's Transport Decarbonisation Plan 

 DfT's Transport Decarbonisation Plan was published on the 26th March  2020 which TPS members will be interested to see at the following link:

DfT's Transport Decarbonisation Plan  

TPS is currently studying the report and will be responding to it  together with other professional bodies. In addition we will be seeking to be part of the dialogue DfT is suggesting over this summer. Part of our response is likely to say that there needs to be improved integration of planning and transport if the decarbonisation strategy is to achieves its goals which is currently missing from the 6 strategic priorities listed.


COVID-19 Response 

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on how we get around, how goods are transported, and how transport planners do their work. This project will allow transport planners to share their stories, thoughts, and feelings about transport planning and its future in this uncertain time.  Contributions will be published on our Blog page  on the TPS website at 


You can see the complete rationale in this Google Doc.

What are we trying to find out?

The answer to 4 key questions:

  1. How do you feel about transport planning right now?
  2. What issues and opportunities for transport planning do you see posed by the COVID-19 crisis?
  3. How do you feel about the future of transport planning, and why?
  4. What should transport planners and the TPS be doing about this?

What is this project all about?

This is a collaborative discovery project being led by the Transport Planning Society. But it will be driven by you.

We are taking a discovery approach to the project. Our approach will adapt as the circumstances change and as we discover more through our conversations with you.


DfT Consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans

TPS responded to the DfT’s consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans. We recommended hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles be included in the phase out plans and the date be brought forward to 2035.  The Government should also introduce an in-use emissions based registration charge for new vehicles as soon as possible, and raise it year on year, to accelerate the shift away from the most polluting vehicles in advance of the ban.  However, a wholesale switch to electric vehicles will not deliver the ambitions of a sustainable transport system. The aim now, and in the future, should be to minimise the need for private vehicle ownership.  This can be accomplished by integrating land use and transport planning to deliver communities where people can access the places they need using active and sustainable modes.

To read the TPS response download here 

DfT Consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans


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