Appraisal & Business Case

Securing funding for new infrastructure, transport services, and travel behaviour change initiatives through bid-based competitions has become increasingly important over recent years. ITP has supported a number of local authorities through the entire process - from the developing initial ideas to preparing and submitting bid documents.

Appraisal Business Case

We have particular expertise in developing and explaining evidence-based business cases, using the latest WebTAG economic appraisal methods, to satisfy central government and Local Enterprise Partnership funding criteria. 

ITP’s team has a deep understanding of techniques for appraising all types of transport investments, most notably smarter travel initiatives and major public transport schemes.


  • Advice and guidance on bid strategy and framing
  • Facilitating workshops to devise strategic objectives
  • WebTAG economic appraisal of transport initiatives
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders on bid-writing
  • Professional design, visualisation and desktop publishing

Nottingham Southern Growth Corridor

Following its designation as a Go Ultra Low City, Nottingham City Council is working to promote low emission transport options.  By improving connectivity for both privately-owned and publicly operated Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs), alongside encouraging uptake in walking and cycling, the Council aims to address local air quality issues and support urban regeneration.

ITP assisted Nottingham City Council with the economic appraisal of its Eco Expressway funding submission to the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  Our economic model complied with Department for Transport WebTAG guidance to estimate the costs and benefits for travellers. Working closely with Council officers we helped shape the scheme proposals, and ensure the LEP was sufficiently satisfied with the estimated return on investment to award £6.1m of Local Growth Funding to support it.  Work began in October 2016 to re-engineer the roadspace, along which buses, ULEVS and bikes will have priority over other traffic. 

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Northern Ireland wheelchair accessible taxi review

Taxi services provide an important travel option in Northern Ireland, but relatively low fares and tight operating margins make it difficult for operators to invest in accessible vehicles to cater for localised demand. The Department of the Environment commissioned ITP to lead a combined taxi demand study and wheelchair accessible taxi policy review in advance of the country's move to a single tier taxi licensing system.  

Our research with taxi companies and disabled people enabled us to estimate current and unmet demand for wheelchair accessible taxi services across Northern Ireland. ITP’s spreadsheet model appraised the likely impact of forthcoming legislation requiring all vehicles plying NI taxi ranks to be wheelchair accessible.  We also defined what has become the accessible taxi vehicle specification for Northern Ireland.

Nottingham Cycle City Ambition

ITP was commissioned by Nottingham City Council to prepare the business case for its Cycle Ambition Programme.  

We worked closely with colleagues at the Council, as well as local stakeholder groups representing business, health, cycling and environmental interests to define, agree and outline the scope of the funding bid. We then developed a Major Scheme Business Case, following the Department for Transport’s transport analysis guidance (WebTAG), to appraise the impact of the proposed measures. 

The success of the bid we prepared resulted in the City Council being awarded £6.1 million to invest in Nottingham’s cycle infrastructure.

Cycling Along The Western Expressway