Transport Planning Day 2022 - 14th November 

Transport Planning Day is led by the Transport Planning Society to celebrate the best in transport planning, showcase its benefit to communities and chart a direction for the profession.

Every year we choose a specific theme for the campaign to focus on a different topic or issue within the Transport Planning profession.

“Transport Planning has never been more important” – Gavin Newlands MP, Transport Planning Day 2020 Virtual Parliamentary Reception

The campaign is based around a number of events which allows for transport planners to network and promote their achievements.

The campaign also looks to encourage young professionals into the industry by highlighting what an attractive and rewarding career transport planning can be.

“I joined Transport Planning Day 2020 to understand where transport planning is heading as an industry” – 2020 Audience Survey

This year's theme - Future Proofing Transport 

This year we want to focus the campaign on future proofing transport. After 2 years of managing the pandemic, we now need to start looking forward to see how we can make sure our transport systems are ready for the challenges which lie ahead. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how unprepared the transport industry, and the UK more generally, were for unforeseen events. As the pandemic has changed the way we travel, perhaps indefinitely, the way we plan for the future needs to reflect that and prepare for other future threats.

Part of the way transport planners do this is through scenario planning. What are the scenarios we decide to plan for and how do we build the narrative to make the case for them?

Transport Planning Day Speakers

Transport Planning Day 2022 was on Monday 14th November at The Institute of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA. The event was hybrid, with the option to watch online.

The first session began at 15:00, and the day followed the usual format consisting of two sessions followed by networking drinks in the evening.

The slide deck for the day is available here.


Session one - Keynote Speech and State of the Nations Refresh - 15:00-16:05

Mark Frost, Chair of the Transport Planning Society, hosted both sessions. 


  • Keynote: Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive for Transport for the North
  • Professor Stephen Joseph, Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and Transport Policy Consultant
  • Nicola Kane, Head of Strategic Planning, Insight and Innovation at Transport for Greater Manchester and future Director for Steer
  • Emily Bobis, Founder of Compass IoT

The first session began with a keynote speech from Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive for Transport for the North. Next, Professor Stephen Joseph launched the State of the Nations update which was followed by a speech from our platinum sponsor Steer. The session ended with a Q&A.


Session Two - An Intergenerational Panel Discussion on Future Proofing Transport - 16:45-17:45

For the second session of Transport Planning Day, Mark Frost chaired an intergenerational panel discussion. Speakers on this panel included:


·       Rhiannon Hardiman, Change Maker for the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

·       Lynda Addison, Ex-Chair of TPS and leader on transport planning and integration

·       Professor Phil Goodwin, Emeritus Professor of Transport Policy at UCL and UWE

·       Rosella Cottam, Transport for London Youth Panel Representative

·       Liani Baglietto Castellares, TPS 2021 Bursary Competition Winner

·       Harshil Patel, Senior Transport Consultant and Steer 

After this session all guests stayed for networking drinks.


Transport Planning Day was a great success, and we want to thanks all our speakers, sponsors and attendees for making the day so special.


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