Pedestrians waiting for buses at noosa bus station

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New appointment

December 2013

David Hampton has joined ITP as an associate in the new London office.  David, who previously worked for MVA and Urban Flow, brings a wealth of experience in development planning, movement engineering, sustainable placemaking and traffic management and has more than 20 years’ experience in public and private practice.

David Hampton
   

Transaid’s 15th anniversary celebrations

November 2013

Transaid recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, the Patron of the charity.  ITP is a corporate sponsor and long term supporter of the charity and Jamie Wheway was delighted to have the opportunity of representing the company at the reception.

Jamie Wheway at transaid 15th anniversary
   

London’s Calling!

November 2013

ITP is proud to announce the opening of a new office at Millbank Tower in central London.  Over the 15 years we’ve been operating ITP has undertaken many projects for London-based clients, including Transport for London, a number of London Boroughs and several private sector organisations.  With our business thriving, we’ve taken the decision to set up a base that’s closer to some of our existing key clients, and we also look forward to working with many new ones.

Our new contact details are:

Integrated Transport Planning Ltd.
Millbank Tower
First Floor
21-24 Millbank
London SW1P 4QP

Tel: 0203 642 1586
Millbank
   

AccessAdvisr in Nottingham

August 2013
ITP’s AccessAdvisr team has started working with Nottingham City Council, as part of their LSTF programme, to make difficult journeys easier for people with limited mobility in Nottingham.  We are in the process of engaging with local disabled people to ask them to get involved in the project, by providing information on the accessibility of travel facilities and places of interest across the city.  The AccessAdvisr website makes this easy, by enabling users to share their ratings comments, photos, videos and audits that demonstrate how easy-to-access different places in Nottingham actually are.  We’ll be working with Nottingham City Council’s LSTF team through until March 2015, and the feedback we receive from this round of community engagement will also help us to improve the AccessAdvisr software tools.  
   

Transport Strategy in Thurrock

July 2013
ITP, in association with David Lock Associates, has been commissioned by Thurrock Council to prepare a Transport Strategy to support the transformation of the area around the Lakeside Regional shopping centre into a new, regional Town Centre.  The work will join up with the Master Plan and investment and delivery strategy that David Lock Associates is currently preparing for the area, which sits close to junctions 30 and 31 of the M25.  The project represents a unique opportunity to promote regeneration in the heart of the Thurrock urban area bringing with it new visitors, new residents, new investment and new employment opportunities Thurrock Lakeside
   

Another award!

June 2013
At the Transport Practitioners’ Meeting held in Birmingham on 2-3 July 2013, Steph Norris was the proud recipient of the Best Paper by a Young Professional award presented by the Transport Planning Society.  The paper, co-authored with Steff Jones of Suffolk County Council, described the achievements of the Lowestoft Local Links with Business project which was also recently given the CIHT Sustainability Award 2013. Click here to find out more about the project. Stephanie Norris Award
   

New Faces at ITP

June 2013

Since the start of 2013, we have seen three new people join our happy band.  This reflects growing demand for our services in both UK and international markets.

Tim Edwards has been appointed Principal Transport Planner, joining ITP from JMP where he worked for 10 years on a wide range of public transport projects.

Pedro Agrochao has been appointed Senior Consultant with ITP.  He joins us after working for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Envision Strategy Consultants on business optimization and transport economic analyses in Angola, Mozambique and Portugal.

Lucy Baker has joined us as a Consultant, having shown her versatility, expertise and commitment during an initial temporary contract.  Lucy is a recent graduate from Sheffield University.

Tim Edwards Pedro Agrochao

Lucy Baker

   

Harlem Shake craze sweeps ITP!

March 2013

The global phenomenon that has become the Harlem Shake has also blown through ITP, with our colleagues involved in no less than three YouTube offerings in recent weeks.  You can check out the different project settings for these videos, and our appalling dance moves, at the following links:

 

Harlem Shake
   

ITP supports the launch of FixMyBarangay service in Cebu

March 2013

Residents of Barangay Luz and Basak San Nicolas in the Philippine city of Cebu can now send SMS text messages to their local Council to notify them about potholes and broken streetlights in their neighbourhood.  Working with mySociety, and in close partnership with Cebu City Government, ITP has led the project delivery team that modified a version of UK fault-reporting website FixMyStreet, so that it can accept SMS text reports sent in by local residents.

The project, funded by the World Bank, has empowered staff members working at the Barangay Halls to take responsibility for validating problems and placing them on a map using www.fixmybarangay.com.  In doing so they forward the problems on to the appropriate Government repair team, who are able to prioritise their response and appropriate repairs using a simple online database developed for this purpose.  ITP’s team has built significant local capacity around the software so that staffed teams at the Barangay, and in the Government computing/repair offices, are now supporting the FixMyBarangay service.

FixMyBarangay screenshot
   

Get on board with ITP!

February 2013

ITP worked with Milton Keynes Council officers and Arriva to successfully gain funding from DfT’s Better Bus Area Fund for the get on board project, a large scale bus promotion programme across Milton Keynes which includes both broad-reach marketing and household / employee based personal travel planning advice.  The get on board project also funds infrastructure improvements (access to local bus stops and interchange) to encourage greater use of local bus services.  

Get on board was successfully launched to Milton Keynes residents in the Midsummer Place Shopping Centre in February 2013.  The launch centred around Arriva’s pink branded bus which also featured in a Harlem Shake to warm everybody up on a cold winter’s day.  The Harlem Shake can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu2HEnkaXRg
get on board MK launch event
   

Planning permission granted

January 2013

We have been working with our local clients Newcrest Estates on two separate proposed developments, and are pleased that both have recently been granted planning permission.  Oakridge Park Local Centre is a proposed scheme to the north of Milton Keynes, which includes a food store, retail and commercial facilities and residential dwellings.  ITP prepared the Transport Statement for the scheme which included analysis of trip generation, parking, vehicle swept paths, historic road safety issues and a proposal to introduce new bus stops on Newport Road.  Meanwhile, in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, an application was recently approved for over 3,000 square metres of new retail facilities within the Town Centre for which ITP prepared the Transport Statement.

In addition to the above, we have been working with a local registered charity, Restoration Believers Ministries International Church, who are looking to move to a new facility in the Greenleys neighbourhood of Milton Keynes.  Planning permission was recently secured for the change of use of the existing commercial unit.  RBMIC do a lot of work for the local community, and ITP are delighted to be able to assist them in moving to their new home.  We prepared a Transport Statement to support the planning application, and our work included detailed parking surveys and analysis of the travel patterns of members.

In all three schemes, close working with the local highway authorities at an early stage proved crucial in addressing concerns and securing their support for the proposals.

If you are looking for highways advice relating to a planning application, please contact Alan Nettleton on 01908 259718 or email nettleton@itpworld.net.
Planning Permission Granted
   

Localism in action

June 2012

Olympic gold medal winner Tessa Sanderson turned up to support the launch event for the public consultation on the Heathfield Park Neighbourhood Plan in Wolverhampton.  ITP ‘legend’ Ian McGrane also made a slightly lower-profile appearance, presenting our work on the transport situation in the area and discussing local people’s views on the way forward.  ITP has been commissioned by Wolverhampton City Council to work on the local Neighbourhood Plan, involving the assembly of an evidence base to underpin the transport strategy and undertaking local engagement activities to identify the transport problems and issues being faced in the area.  Jon Parker, ITP Director, commented “It’s an exciting opportunity to be involved in this new approach to ‘grass routes’ planning which puts local people in control of their neighbourhood’s future.  We’re really enjoying the hands-on approach, combining our understanding of local transport data sets with the real world experiences of those living and working in Heathfield Park”

Localism in Wolverhampton
   

ITP at the heart of LSTF delivery

May 2012

Local Authorities who were awarded “Key Component” or “Tranche 1” funding from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund in 2011 are now well into their delivery stride.  A number have appointed ITP as a delivery partner, including Hertfordshire County Council, Suffolk County Council and Hampshire County Council (with WSP).

In Hertfordshire, we are helping the Council deliver a suite of sustainable transport packages as part of the Big Herts Big Ideas project.  Our specific role is to engage with large businesses in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Watford and to establish a business travel network.  We are working to inform them of the business benefits of workplace travel plans, and to provide a toolkit and resources to support them in implementing travel plan measures.  In the first 4 months we have already successfully secured the support of 20 major employers.  Our Hertfordshire work follows on from our appointment as Travel Plan Coordinator at Maylands Business Park in Hemel, the largest business park in the East of England, which is also benefitting from LSTF funding.

For Suffolk County Council, we are again responsible for business engagement – this time for the Lowestoft Local Links project.  We also have a wider remit in Lowestoft that includes developing and delivering a package of innovative public transport initiatives aimed at getting more people to use local bus services across Lowestoft.  These include negotiated fare discounts, intensive promotion campaigns, deployment of AccessAdvisr for people with impaired mobility, and use of the award winning 'mission:explore' software to encourage family use of the bus.

In Hampshire, our role is different again.  Here, we are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impacts and success of a personal travel planning campaign being implemented by WSP in Basingstoke.  We are also providing some expert guidance, based on our major research project for DfT ‘Making PTP Work’.

For further information, contact Jon Parker on 0115 988 6904 or parker@itpworld.net

Lowestoft Local Links

LSTF Herts

   

MK Marathon – we did it, even in that weather!

April 2012

On Sunday 29th April, ITP staff showed their fighting spirit by taking part in the Milton Keynes Marathon Corporate Relay Race.  It was a lovely day for marathon running with persistent rain and strong winds!

We entered two teams.  Steph Norris, Neil Taylor, Ciaran Meyers and David Brenig –Jones represented our Birmingham and Nottingham offices, and completed the course in a fantastic 3 hours 30 minutes.  They officially finished 5th out of approximately 100 teams that took part.

Representing the Milton Keynes office, Robin Kaenzig, Alan Nettleton, Arwel Owen (borrowed from David Lock Associates) and Jamie Wheway finished in a respectable 3 hours 48 minutes.

It should be said that the relay times would have been quicker still if we had tightened up the changeovers slightly.  The leg 2 runners were still taking shelter in the Caldecotte Arms pub when the leg 1 runners arrived!  This might have even catapulted the Birmingham / Nottingham team to winning the corporate relay event, but given the conditions you can’t blame the leg 2 runners for keeping warm!

We were raising money for Transaid, and if you wish to add a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/ITPMKMarathon

A special mention should also go to Pete Chambers of David Lock Associates, who ran the whole race and came in faster than both of our teams on his own.  Well done Pete, who was raising money for Diabetes UK.
MK Marathon team picture
   

ITP and Access Advisr in the News

March 2012

ITP was “name checked” by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in an address on the economic benefits and innovation potential of opening up availability of government data (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/public-data-means-uk-open-for-business).  The Minister was speaking at a seminar hosted by Digital Birmingham to celebrate the city’s commitment to open government, open data and digital technologies. 

He cited ITP’s work on its innovative Access Advisr product as a case study example of “data-driven” enterprise.  Access Advisr is a web and mobile app based product for people with mobility impairments to access tailored information about transport accessibility.  It includes use of open data, together with reports and updates direct from the user community.

The Minister went on to say “Access Advisr’s creators, Integrated Transport Planning Ltd, ...are also using open data to improve the quality transport projects for local authorities in England.... as well as working on behalf of the World Bank to develop and pilot a suite of open source software tools and open data platforms that will improve the way urban transport systems function in the Philippines.”

ITP’s work was also cited in the Guardian Newspaper (http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/blog/2012/mar/19/open-data-raw-material-industrial?newsfeed=true) in an article on the benefits of opening up government data.
Access Advisr
   

New Office in Cebu, Philippines

January 2012
ITP is pleased to open a new office in Cebu, Philippines. This office will support ITP’s growing workload in South East Asia and become a focal point for on-going work in developing the country's first BRT system in Cebu.

ITP Cebu Office

Cebu Office

   

ITP named as Finalist in Business of the Year Category of Business Excellence Awards

October 2011

At the Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on 20 October 2011, ITP was honoured and delighted to be a finalist in the Business of the Year (£1m to £5m turnover) category and to receive a “highly commended” award.  ITP was represented by Jamie Wheway, Lynsey Harris and Robin Kaenzig at the Awards Dinner, which was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the MK Stadium.

MK Business Awards certificate presentation
   

ITP awarded ISO 9001 and 14001

September 2011

ITP recognises that the disciplines of quality, health and safety and environmental management are an integral part of its management function and have adopted appropriate Quality Standards in all our operations which have recently been assessed and approved to ISO 9001 : 2008 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 : 2004 (Environmental Management) standards.  Jim Bradley received the ISO registration certificate from Richard Marples of IMSM Ltd.

ISo9001 Logo ISO 14001 Logo
   

ITP supports Derby County stadium development

September 2011

ITP has been supporting Derby County Football Club’s design team for the ‘Plaza @ Pride Park’ development, advising on transport impacts associated with the proposed development and preparing a travel plan and transport statement in support of the planning application.  This was submitted on September 30th and was accompanied by a high profile launch event.  The potential development comes at a time when the city is eager to attract much needed inward investment. For further information and local coverage of the launch, click on the following links:

BBC news
Derby Evening Telegraph

For further information, contact Neil Taylor on 0115 988 6903 or taylor@itpworld.net

 
   

ITP shortlisted for Business of the Year

September 2011

ITP has been shortlisted in the Business of the Year (£1m to £5m turnover) category of the Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.   These prestigious awards are open to all businesses in the area, so we are delighted to have made the shortlist and are looking forward to the announcement of the winner at the Awards Dinner on 20 October 2011.  Director Jamie Wheway said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award, which is recognition of all the hard work our staff put in to the business.  We have grown to become a highly respected consultancy offering specialist transport planning services to private and public sector clients all over the UK and the world.”

Milton Keynes Business Awards Finalist Logo
   

ITP proud to be part of RTPI team award

August 2011

ITP was a member of the Black Country Joint Core Strategy Team which has won the 2011 West Midlands RTPI “Team of the Year” award, which was announced at this year’s summer ball.  We led the transport case on behalf of the four West Midlands “Black Country” authorities at the recent Examination in Public of the Joint Core Strategy. This is the largest development plan of its kind in the UK, affecting over 1 million people, and makes the case for investment in the transport network to support economic regeneration and growth in the region.  Jon Parker, ITP Director, commented “We’re delighted to have been part of such a positive, efficient and effective strategy team led by the Black Country Authorities – well done to all concerned.”

 
   

New Birmingham Office

June 2011

We are proud to announce that our ITP Birmingham office has recently relocated within the Colmore Business District, the commercial heart of the city.  This area boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in Birmingham, including our new home within the prestigious Grade II listed Cornwall Buildings.  Our new contact details are:

Integrated Transport Planning Ltd.
Cornwall Buildings
45 Newhall Street
Birmingham B3 3QR

Tel: 0121 213 4725      
Fax: 0121 213 4793

ITP Birmingham Office
   

ITP wins funding through national transport award

June 2011

Integrated Transport Planning Ltd (ITP) has won £27,000 of seed funding through the Geovation Challenge (www.geovation.org.uk) organised by Ordnance Survey, and funded by the Technology Strategy Board.  ITP beat off competition from 150 other entrants and their ‘@ccessadvisr’ idea was one of six innovative concepts to be funded through the Geovation competition.

The @ccessadvisr concept, which we pitched to the competition’s judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style format, focuses on improving the pre and in-journey travel information available to disabled people.  ITP plans to use the seed funding to create a website and accompanying smartphone, tablet and PC applications that will bring together disparate UK sources of accessible transport information and re-package them into a single, easy to use source of information. 

Innovatively, the information will be presented on a map base using Ordnance Survey Open Data, and will embed social networking tools such as Facebook and twitter.  This will enable the user community to update the accessible transport map, rate different accessible transport features, and upload images and videos to illustrate their experiences of travelling around the UK.  The aim is to develop a completely open and dynamic accessible transport map that is both developed for, and updated by, an online community of disabled people.

ITP is looking to run design workshops, and ultimately to pilot the @ccessadvisr software, with groups of disabled people initially in the Greater Nottingham area.  We are also interested in hearing from budding website and software app developers who might be interested in getting involved with the project.

If you would like more information, or are interested in getting involved, then please contact Neil Taylor on 0115 9886903.

Access Adviser Logo

Geovation award presentation

   

ITP sponsors Transport Planning Society National Pub Quiz

May 2011

ITP recently sponsored the Transport Planning Society’s National Pub Quiz, an event held simultaneously in seven pubs around the country, with scores being shared throughout the evening to allow the national winner to be identified on the night.  This was the third running of the annual quiz, which has proved to be popular event, with more than 60 teams taking part this year.  Teams answered questions in eight rounds of 10 questions on a range of different subjects including numbers, pigs, transport and travel, and the ever-popular kids’ television.  Lounge Lizards 1983 (JMP) in the Yorkshire & Humber region came out on top nationally, with an impressive 67 points.  In second place was Simple Minds (Mouchel) in London with 65 points, and in third place were the Old Seeraonians, also in London, with 64 points.  Well done to the Lounge Lizards! 

Jamie Wheway, Director of ITP and the Transport Planning Society, said, “The TPS Annual National Pub Quiz has been a great success and ITP has been pleased to be able to sponsor the national trophy.  Everybody who participates enjoys the evening and there is a tremendous (but friendly!) rivalry between the teams.”

The photo shows ITP Director and TPS Board Member Jamie Wheway presenting the prize to Mary Young, the captain of the Simple Minds team who won the London event.

TPS pub quiz winner
   

Keeping the ‘Grass Routes’ green at Adastral Park

April 2011

Since 2007 ITP has helped BT to develop and implement ‘Grass Routes’ (www.grassroutes.info) - the workplace travel plan for Adastral Park - BT’s global innovation and development centre that employs around 4,000 people.  We continue to support the delivery of the travel plan through close partnership working with Andrew Cassy, the site’s Travel Plan Manager, and independently monitoring the annual staff travel survey.  This year’s survey revealed that significantly more people are now working from home on a regular basis, saving 32,000 Single Occupant Vehicle miles and 10.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions every week. 

The Adastral Park – Ipswich Rail Station Shuttle Bus, introduced in February 2009 based on business case evidence prepared by ITP, also continues to exceed its CO2 emission and financial targets.  It has been so popular that the vehicle was recently upgraded from an Optare low floor bus to a double decker coach, complete with tables and WiFi internet access.  Anyone travelling to/from meetings at Adastral Park can use the bus for free when they present a valid rail ticket.  The service has also been extended to members of the public and commuters travelling to Adastral Park who can travel for a flat fare of £1 per trip, with the option of buying tickets by mobile phone. 

In total the shuttle bus has delivered financial net savings to BT Group of almost £1/4 million in travel and subsistence costs, and environmental savings of 133 tonnes of CO2 emissions through station transfers.   The success of the Shuttle Bus has been recognised by Ways2Work in their National Awards for Excellence and received the ‘Big Tick’ accreditation in April 2011.  The service also won Suffolk County Council’s Greenest County Business Travel Award for 2011.

The success of the shuttle bus has prompted us to use the 2010 travel survey to explore Adastral Park site-user’s attitudes to dedicated ‘works buses’ on specific routes not currently served by direct public transport services to Adastral Park.   We are currently working with the Travel Plan Manager to explore opportunities to pilot such services in 2011/12.

To find out how we can help your organisation deliver financial and environmental benefits through travel plans, please contact Neil Taylor on 0115 988 6903 or taylor@itpworld.net.

Adastral Park bus service

Adastral Park Grass Routes

   

Improving access in Bracknell Forest

April 2011

Continuing our long-standing relationship with Bracknell Forest Council (BFC), ITP has been commissioned to provide up-to-date accessibility profiles to the key services of healthcare, education, workplaces, fresh food and leisure.  This year we are also providing additional accessibility plots demonstrating access to services dedicated to catering for the needs of older people.

ITP has provided accessibility analyses for BFC since indicators were first introduced in 2006 as part of the LTP2 process.  Over the years we have worked on a number of projects with the Council including mapping and analysing the annual accessibility updates to key services, examining access to open space amenities within Bracknell and showing how new housing developments in the area fit within the existing accessibility profiles to various services.

Our latest project includes mapping access to welfare organisations, social clubs, places to learn new skills and leisure interests using the DfT-approved accessibility software Accession. This is used to plot access from every address in Bracknell to each location of interest, calculating all relevant journey times by public transport. We then link this information through use of GIS with the latest available geo-demographic data to establish what proportion of residents have access to key services within a specified time period. 

To find out more about how we can help you with accessibility planning and modelling please contact Ian Stott on 01908 259718 or stott@itpworld.net

Accessibility Contour
   

Concessionary Travel – No Sweat!

April 2011

ITP’s concessionary travel team are mopping their brows after an intensive period of work to support our client local authorities in getting 2011-12 concessionary travel schemes finalised and published by the statutory deadline at the beginning of March.  This year has been particularly interesting as new national guidance on operator reimbursement and a new “Reimbursement Calculator” tool was published by DfT in draft in the Autumn and then re-published in a significantly modified final form shortly before Christmas. 

However, ITP has risen to the challenge and has not only developed a deep understanding of the new guidance and tool, but has also managed to explain and interpret its workings to our local authority clients and to a wide range of bus operators, both large and small.  We have also (uniquely, we believe) developed a spreadsheet-based system that can be used by operators to extract readily available data from their records and derive the locally-based figures required as input to some of the more complex modules of the DfT Reimbursement Calculator. 

While supporting our existing long-term clients through this process (Brighton & Hove, Portsmouth, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Plymouth etc) we have also taken on new concessionary travel assignments from Derbyshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.  Derbyshire is a particularly large concessionary travel scheme, taking in the City of Derby as well as the Shire County with its fascinating combination of industrial areas, deprived communities and the beautiful Peak District.

If you would like more information on ITP’s concessionary travel work please contact Nick Ayland on 0115 988 6905 or email ayland@itpworld.net

Concessionary bus travel
   

Cebu City - Growth Without Congestion?

April 2011

Cebu City is the Philippines ‘Queen City of the South’ and home of beautiful beaches, endless sunshine, a growing economy and mounting congestion.  Despite the congestion, there aren’t many better places to work!

ITP was originally employed to undertake a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Pre-Feasibility study for the City.  We found that BRT is feasible in every sense, and it will in time (possibly by 2014) offer a much improved and reliable journey experience to the 60% of people who use existing public transport.

However, ITP has now also been appointed by ‘Cities Development Initiative of Asia’, funded by GTZ and the Asian Development Bank, to look at how the transport system can be developed to support the South Road Properties (SRP) improvement - a development that has the potential to generate over 100,000 vehicle trips per day. The SRP development is on reclaimed land adjacent to the City’s downtown area and as such there is a clean slate to work from.

The development partners are keen to market their developments using blue skies, smiling faces, and families that walk hand-in-hand together without sight or sound of a car! Clearly this requires innovative integrated transport and land use thinking, together with Government commitment and careful planning. ITP is employing its skills, including those of our MD Colin Brader wrought in the challenge of Hong Kong’s Central Reclamation, to ensure this dream becomes a reality. Our role is not just technical but that of project management, understanding problems and bringing together stakeholders.

High quality public transport is at the core of our vision, where the bus will be a mode of choice and not last resort, wide footways with shade and active frontage will encourage the pedestrian, and a permeable development pattern will support sustainable travel. The aim is that this part of paradise is not ruined by development or unbridled car use, but is supported by appropriate transport modes that add to the city rather than detract from it.

For further information about ITP’s national and international integrated transport capabilities contact Colin Brader on 0121 230 1700 or email at brader@itpworld.net

Brightly coloured Jeepney in Cebu

Cebu SRP

   

Action Stations at Brierley Hill

April 2011

ITP has worked alongside Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council on the development of a public transport strategy to support the proposed growth and regeneration of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands.  This work follows our role in supporting the Black Country authorities at the Examination in Public of the Black Country Joint Core Strategy, and forms an essential part of the transformational change of Brierley Hill into a new ‘strategic centre’.

Following the development of the public transport strategy, we represented Dudley MBC on transport matters at the Brierley Hill Examination in Public, and were consequently delighted to read of the ‘clean bill of health’ given to the Area Action Plan by the Planning Inspector.  In particular, our work on the public transport strategy has provided a flexible, effective and deliverable approach, focussing upon rapid transit connections in combination with area wide public transport improvements.  The approach received the backing of key stakeholders, and will be implemented alongside development during the lifetime of the AAP.

For further details about our work supporting local authorities on the transport elements of local development frameworks, please contact: Jon Parker (0115 938 9657, parker@itpworld.net).

Brierley Hill public transport
   

It’s there for the bidding...

December 2010

Despite significant reductions in public spending in the UK, opportunities still exist to secure substantial funding to deliver quality sustainable transport solutions, including the much-awaited Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Integrated Transport Planning Ltd has an enviable reputation for assisting local transport authorities to write successful high quality bids, helping our public sector clients secure significant levels of investment over the last 12 years.  We have been involved in the bid preparation for Sustainable Travel Towns and Cities, European Union funded projects, Transport Innovation Funds, Community Infrastructure Funds, DfT Major Scheme Bids, public transport grants, and local accessibility funds.

Understanding national and local transport policy
ITP’s unique selling point is our thorough understanding of national and local transport policy and a strong appreciation of how this needs to be strategically applied to each bespoke bid. Our record speaks for itself.  

ITP’s ability to communicate the aims, objectives and outcomes of the bid in a clear and concise language makes us the obvious choice for helping your organisation secure funding for future sustainable transport schemes.

Working with you in partnership
Our emphasis is on working in partnership with the client to tailor the bid not only to meet the criteria for accessing funding opportunities, but to ensure that the scope of the bid satisfies the client’s transport needs. ITP’s experts are fully equipped to examine all types of travel and broader data to determine limitations in the transport network and demonstrate the economic, environmental and social impact of solutions.  Each bid we develop is supported by a strong evidence base.

Wide ranging expertise
Our bid writing services cover a broad spectrum of activities, tailored specifically to the needs of each client.  This includes: working with stakeholders and members of the public; identifying transport needs; developing and appraising strategies and plans; producing viable and fully costed project work programmes, and the implementation and evaluation of sustainable transport measures. Our focus is always upon producing the highest quality compliant bid, with the absolute endorsement of key local stakeholders and politicians. 

If we can help you with the development of a high quality transport bid contact Nick Ayland on 0115 988 6905 or email at ayland@itpworld.net.

Bikes and people in strasbourg square
   

Nigeria in safe hands

December 2010

Nigeria is in safe hands thanks to the completion of a Road Safety Management Capacity Review undertaken by ITP on behalf of World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria.

The project, undertaken in accordance with GRSF’s guidance for conducting capacity reviews, aimed to assess capacity within the country to deliver improvements in road safety through the strengthening of the country’s institutional management functions, interventions and results. The guidance specifies a high-level systematic approach towards achieving a multi-sectoral framework to address identified weaknesses.

The resulting establishment, growth and consolidation phase priorities are followed by an investment strategy that recommends actions for improvement in areas such as:

  • Focussing on results
  • Coordination of activity
  • The legislative framework
  • Funding and resource allocations
  • Promoting road safety at every level
  • Evaluating the success of interventions
  • The entry and exit of vehicles
  • The entry and exit of road users
  • Emergency recovery
  • Pre and post-hospital care
  • Outcome and output targets

The country’s greatest asset in addressing road safety issues is its lead agency, FRSC. Progressive increases in FRSC’s funding have demonstrated the importance placed on improving road safety by the Federal Government. However, there is an acknowledgement amongst all stakeholders of the seriousness of road traffic crashes and the burden it places on society.

This project further cements ITP’s growing UK and international road safety profile for simple yet innovative solutions to improving road safety, having recently undertaken projects in London, Cheshire and Saudi Arabia. ITP also have the Chairman of the Institute of Road Safety Officers amongst its staff.

To discuss how ITP can help you reduce the economic and social burden of road death and injury, contact Nick Ayland on 0115 988 6905 or email at ayland@itpworld.net.

three people riding motorbike with luggage in Nigeria

Lorry crash in Nigeria poor road safety

   

Lincs links with ITP

December 2010

Lincolnshire County Council is the latest local authority to appoint ITP to advise and support them in developing, operating and administering the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme for older and disabled people.  This follows the example set by Nottinghamshire, Brighton & Hove, Portsmouth and Plymouth.  Lincolnshire will operate the scheme from April 1st 2011, when responsibility for concessionary travel migrates to the upper tier of local government.

Our role is wide-ranging and involves defining the scheme and reimbursement arrangements, and liaising and negotiating with bus operators to ensure that they are fairly reimbursed for their participation in the scheme.  We’re also assisting the Council officers in setting up data collection and reimbursement calculation systems, as well as conducting data audits and survey checks on reports from operators.  We’ve been appointed to take the scheme through to 2014.

The Lincolnshire work follows hard on the heels of a short but intensive commission on concessionary travel we undertook for the Local Government Association.  This involved reviewing new draft guidance on concessionary travel reimbursement that was being developed by the Department for Transport. Our appointment reflects increasing recognition of ITP as a leading player in the field of concessionary travel.  We attended a number of meetings with DfT’s Concessionary Travel scheme as part of a technical expert group, and our input resulted in a number of changes to the draft guidance before it was issued.

If you would like more information on ITP’s concessionary travel work please contact Nick Ayland on 0115 988 6905 or email ayland@itpworld.net

elderly person alighting bus in market town
   

Transport Planning for developments large and small

December 2010

We were delighted to hear recently that another development project for which we have provided transport advice has received planning consent.  For the proposed expansion of Farnham Green School in Ilford we prepared a transport statement and worked with the school to enhance its travel plan in order to manage the future travel demands.  As with most schools, parking in the local area is a big issue, and through consultation with the local residents, the school, and other stakeholders, we developed a plan to help mitigate the parking and local access impacts of the development.

ITP prepares Transport Assessments and Travel Plans for developments of all types and scale, including education and health facilities; office, warehousing, industrial and leisure uses; and residential developments ranging from five to 5000 houses.  Recent clients include BT, Mercedes, Tilfen Land, Bourne Leisure and Orbit Housing.

What we have learnt from all this experience is that no two projects are the same, and the first job on any commission for our team of transport planners and engineers is to meet with the local transport authority to discuss the issues surrounding the site and to agree the scope of the Transport Assessment or Statement, and the Travel Plan.  Establishing this working relationship with council officers is critical to the smooth running of the work and its successful conclusion.  Our approach to the technical work is to integrate as far as possible the objectives of the Travel Plan with the assumptions and analyses in the Transport Assessment, setting out clearly how travel demands will be managed.  For the analysis of the impact of the development on the network, we use the full range of junction and network modelling software to identify any critical junctions or links, and then explore whether there are travel demand management measures that can be delivered through the Travel Plan to reduce the traffic impact.  Any remaining adverse impact is then addressed by our highway and traffic engineers through the design of improvements to the road network.

For more information contact Ian McGrane on 01908 259718 or email mcgrane@itpworld.net

School which is the subject of a travel plan
   

Ten Percent Club

December 2010

The Ten Percent Club was formed in April 2004 by senior professionals in the bus industry.  The Club is mainly made up of the chief executives and marketing directors of leading bus operators from the UK.  Club membership currently stands at 18.

Its name originated in the 2000 Government target to increase national bus patronage by 10% over the following 10 years. As Club members were already involved in activities resulting in higher growth figures, they considered that the industry, public and private sector working together, should be more than capable of achieving the target. The purpose of the Club is to learn (sometimes from other industries) the ways in which the bus industry might become more progressive in attracting prospective customers. 

ITP, through Associate Jim Bradley, provides secretarial support to the Ten Percent Club, a role which includes looking for and organising appropriate speakers, as well as arranging and chairing meetings.

The Club meets four times per year and invites experts to engage in workshops, discussing the techniques and internal managerial attitudes of other industries and, over the past two years, members have recurrently confirmed their view that there is much scope for the bus industry to reshape itself to attract significant patronage growth. 

The term "bus industry" in this instance means all aspects of the provision of bus services, both in the private and public sectors. 

For more information, contact Jim Bradley on Bradley@itpworld.net  0121 230 1701

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Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

September 2010

ITP is working with senior managers at Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN) to develop a Workplace Travel Plan that will aim to influence the travel behaviour of its staff members when travelling to work at their office in Newstead Village, Nottinghamshire.  RCAN's work involves supporting a number of rural community-based interventions across Nottinghamshire to provide rural intelligence, community planning and support for accessibility, health, economic and environmental regeneration projects.  As a result RCAN employees routinely travel around Greater Nottinghamshire, and their Travel Plan will cover both employee's travel to work and business travel made on behalf of the organisation - in effect helping the organisation to ensure they 'practice what they preach' in terms of minimising CO2 emissions and local traffic congestion.

ITP's support role has been funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and a secondary aim of the project will be to improve facilities for sustainable travel at the Newstead Village Community Centre (where RCAN's offices are located) to strengthen the site's role as a point of access to nearby Newstead Abbey and as a facility for users of the nearby Newstead Station.

For further information please contact NeilTaylor on taylor@itpworld.net 0115 988 6903

folding bicycle on cycle lane
   

An MSc in two weeks!

September 2010

That’s how one of the 13 Ghanaian Transport Planners described the two week ITP Transport Planning Training course he recently attended.

As part of the ongoing restructuring in transport delivery, in 2008 the World Bank funded the establishment of several Urban Passenger Transport Units (UPTU) across Ghana. Their role will be to implement BRT, develop transport planning expertise and implement bus franchising in all major cities.

ITP was commissioned by the Ghanaian Government to design and deliver a two week intensive, bespoke training course for the transport planners who are working in the UPTUs.

The training covered transport planning, modelling and software, bus service planning and institutional models, economics and appraisals, market research and evaluation, and stakeholder and community engagement and marketing.

As well, the group made visits to Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Transport, Trent Barton Buses, Centro and the University of West of England.

The training was held at ITP’s Birmingham office in Temple Row, and despite not enjoying the cold weather, delegates were very positive about the value of the training, particularly the practical nature of the presentations and workshops, and their applicability to the Ghanaian context.

And for a really local experience, delegates were invited to the West Midlands derby, a football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa, which included having their photo taken in the dugout.

ITP provides a wide range of transport related training such as those listed above and also school and workplace travel planning, and transport marketing. For further information please contactJamie Wheway at wheway@itpworld.net or on 01908 259 718.

Ghanaian transport planners visiting the uk
   

Any volunteers for a car sharing demonstration project?

September 2010

In a study earlier this year, ITP was invited by the Humber Rural Partnership to examine the feasibility of increasing rates of car sharing in rural areas. The study, which included 405 completed telephone surveys, 370 email surveys, key respondent surveys with scheme promoters and a series of four focus groups sought to:

  • Assess and provide an overview of existing schemes in the region, and the impact of national schemes in regional and local contexts.
  • Survey the impact and potentiality of informal lift sharing in four contrasting rural locations in the region.
  • Assess of how well existing schemes are marketed promoted and utilised, including a SWOT analysis of current organisational structures and procedures.
  • Identify major attitudinal barriers and incentives to the uptake of car sharing options through an attitudinal study of existing users and non-users of car share schemes.

The study showed that despite the prevalence of both open and closed schemes across the region, they are not currently performing to their full potential in terms of the number of people registered (estimated at 0.5% of all people aged 16-74 years for the region as a whole). National best practice suggests registration levels at 1% should be attainable.

However, the potential for car sharing to form a key pillar of sustainable transport strategy was also proven, with the added benefit of helping to meet accessibility and carbon reduction targets and being incredibly cost-effective.

For example: 
There are 18,000 Registered Car Sharers across Yorkshire & Humber. The software for licences in the region currently costs £65,000 per year. Of the 18,000 registered car sharers, 17% currently actively car share 3 times per week on average. This equates to an estimated 3.9 million vehicle kilometres saved per year and a total saving of 790 tonnes of CO2 at an estimated cost of £0.017 per vehicle kilometre reduced.

We think that’s a great reason to launch a car share demonstration project. Any takers?

For further information, or to ask about car share research or a car share project in your area, contact Jon Parker at parker@itpworld.net or on 0115 988 6904.

For the full report please go to:http://www.humberruralpartnership.org.uk/ccm/humber-rural/news/rural-news.en

Car sharing billboard poster
   

We Love Holiday Parks!

September 2010

er the past 10 years, ITP has developed unrivalled expertise in the specialist field of holiday parks. Our team has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as medium and small independent operators who have sought transport planning skills from a team that possesses a comprehensive understanding of the needs of the holiday park industry.   We have successfully developed transport assessments and highly effective travel plans to support the expansion and growth of holiday parks across the UK.  We have also undertaken site access audits, transport statements and sustainable transport strategies to provide genuine enhancements to the accessibility of holiday parks, which in turn have increased the potential customer base for our clients.  

ITP is skilled in providing technical advice necessary to achieve successful planning outcomes: team members are well respected by local authority highway officers seeking to ensure that robust and deliverable transport mitigation measures are delivered alongside holiday park development proposals.  In some cases this has involved junction and access improvements, in others the focus has been upon improved connections to the local walk and cycle networks or improvements to local bus services. 

For holiday parks seeking to improve their environmental performance we have developed strategies that actively promote sustainable and healthy travel options, and integrated these within the holiday park management function – for example, we have developed the business case and implementation guidance for on-site cycle hire facilities, and active walk programmes.

ITP is unlike other transport planning consultancies – through our experience in the leisure sector we have an unrivalled insight into the travel demand and behaviour of both holidaymakers and staff at UK holiday parks, and we are able to draw upon this knowledge to ensure the resolution of transport issues relating to planning applications.  In developing our knowledge base we have collected and analysed travel data and surveys at many different sites and in a variety of contexts.  We understand the trip making behaviour of different types of holiday makers, and the transport improvements that will encourage more sustainable travel behaviour – in essence increasing the accessibility and reach of holidaymakers, whilst encouraging more local trips on foot, by bike and by bus/train.

We love caravan parks so much that we stayed at two of them during our sponsored cycle ride across Devon last year!

For further information please contact Jon Parker at parker@itpworld.net or on 0115 988 6904   

ITP at entrance to a holiday park