We are pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Clarke as Managing Director. Julian will be responsible for developing the next iteration of our Business Plan and for leading its implementation thereafter. He will also continue to develop and improve our operating systems, protocols and procedures. He will also continue in his role as the leader of our Eastern Business Unit, operating from the Company’s Cambridge office. Following his recent appointment Julian, said he was “both honoured and excited by the opportunity to serve the company as Managing Director” and to working with our “engaged staff to develop our processes and procedures, achieving continual improvement to grow the business.”
Sarah Simpson, a Senior Transport Planner in our Cambridge office, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation East Anglia branch. Sarah has been a member of CIHT since 2003 and is active in promoting both the Institution and the profession, locally and nationally. She gained her Chartered Engineer status through the Institution in 2009.
With over 12,000 members, working across a wide range of disciplines, CIHT aims to promote the exchange of knowledge, improve policy formulation, stimulate debate on transportation issues, recognise and develop individual competence (through qualifications and continuing professional development) and encourage best practice in the industry.
Transport Planning Associates are proud to be co-sponsors of The 500 Mile Pedalo challenge. Their mission is to be the first crew to attempt to circumnavigate the northern tip of Scotland by pedalo, and in doing so the team hopes to raise £250,000 for Parkinson’s UK and Cancer Research UK.
Their route will see them using a bespoke pedalo, designed by Master’s students at Southampton University, to travel from Inverness, down the Caledonian Canal, through Loch Ness and Loch Lochy, and then out into the Irish Sea. From here they will attempt to pedalo around the north of Scotland, arriving back at Inverness 500 miles later.
For more information, and to sponsor the pedaloists, please visit their website or their Virgin Money Giving page.
We are delighted to welcome Michelle Berrington who has joined the company strengthening our management team within the Bristol office as an Associate Director. Michelle was previously employed at JMP Consultants Ltd and managed the Highways Agency Spatial Planning Framework contract in Bristol for seven years. Michelle has over 17 years’ of transport planning experience working with private and public sector clients including the Highways Agency with particular emphasis on development planning, traffic modelling and managing key infrastructure projects. When asked about her role, Michelle said “I’m thrilled to have joined Transport Planning Associates and I’m really looking forward to working with the staff to help drive the business forward and consolidate our position in the private sector developer market”.
We are delighted to have worked with INRG Solar Limited and its project team considering the implications of its proposals to promote a large scale solar energy farm on land at Landmead Farm, East Hanney, Oxfordshire. Once constructed, the solar farm will be the largest in the UK spanning 230 acres, and will generate 41MWp; enough to provide energy to around 10,000 homes.
Our Construction Traffic Management Plan prepared in support of the planning application was vital to the consideration of site access, the identification of suitable heavy goods vehicle routes and the identification of a package of measures to mitigate the effect of construction traffic during the building phase.
Vale of White Horse District Council granted planning permission and the project is now moving onto site and is expected to be complete in March 2014.
Appeal allowed and planning permission granted for a new Tesco Express in Maldon, Essex.
An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government granted planning permission on 31 December 2013 for the conversion of The Cups public house in Wantz Road, Maldon in Essex to a Tesco Express convenience store following a hearing held on 13 November.
With reference to Maldon District Council’s reason for refusal, the main issue identified by the Inspector was the potential impact of the traffic attraction, parking demand and servicing arrangements associated with the proposed store on highway safety.
Our founding director and chairman, Rupert Lyons appeared as the expert witness at the hearing and gave evidence to respond to the transport planning and highway design issues arising from the proposed development. The Inspector, Nicholas Taylor BA (Hons) MRTPI, was satisfied in every respect and concluded that “the appeal scheme would be acceptable with regard to highway safety”.
Rupert said, “I am particularly pleased with the Inspector’s endorsement of the methodology of parking demand analysis provided in my evidence and his acceptance that the servicing requirements of the proposed store can be adequately controlled by the implementation of a Servicing Management Plan”. With reference to the application of observed durations of stay at suitable proxy stores to appropriate vehicular arrival rates determined with reference to the TRICS database, the Inspector determined that such a method “is likely to provide a reasonably robust indicator of likely parking demand for most of the time”.
We are delighted to be working with Contemporary Transport and Richard Adams Consulting to form a partnership delivering a Residential and Business Personalised Travel Planning (PTP) Stage 1 programme for Wiltshire Council. We are leading the Residential PTP element of the project and Contemporary Transport is leading the Business PTP. PTP is playing a crucial role in Wiltshire Council’s wider transport programme, enabled by the Government’s Local Sustainable Travel Fund (LSTF), for improving Wiltshire’s rail offer delivered under the ‘Connecting Wiltshire: Travel made simple’ brand.
Residents PTP surveys have been delivered to nearly 5,000 households across three towns, Bradford on Avon, Chippenham and Trowbridge and the county’s one city, Salisbury. Each conurbation has a rail link, and for stage 1 each has a designated theme so that the team can learn from the application of residential PTP in this predominately rural county.
We recruited and trained a local team of Travel Advisers following the standard protocol for a PTP programme. The Travel Advisers have become well recognised in the community, taking a lead role in community and business roadshow events. This phase has taken place over a 12 week period to enable evaluation before moving forward with stage 2 of the project in 2014/15.
Business PTP has involved the preparation of PTPs for staff of Salisbury District Hospital and Wiltshire Council and site specific engagement with other organisations in Wiltshire.
We were exhibitors at the national Mainstreaming Smarter Travel Conference in Manchester on 3rd and 4th of December which had over 400 delegates. Our stand was busy and the Cycle scalextric popular. David Knight spoke with our Client from Wiltshire Council at the Speed Learning session on the Connecting Wiltshire Personalised Travel Planning project. Transport Minister Baroness Kramer was the keynote speaker explaining that the additional Local Sustainable Transport Fund monies would be available after 2015 and then future funding would come through the LEPs.
We are currently looking for an Engineer and Technician to join our Infrastructure Design team in Welwyn Garden City; and a Transport Planner and Senior Transport Planner to join our Transport Planning team in Bristol. Please visit our Careers page for more details.
TPA has been awarded a Silver award at the West of England Sustainable Business Travel Awards. The awards presentation was held on 7th February at the M-Shed in Bristol hosted by Travelwest and LSTF.
The award recognises that TPA have a strong commitment to changing staff travel patterns to sustainable modes in the Bristol office through its successful implementation of its companywide travel plan.
The examiners considered that the 2012 travel survey demonstrated TPA has significant progress in meeting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed) targets in both commuting and business travel with an excellent improvements in emissions from business travel across the company. The award identifies TPA’s commitment to sustainable travel and impact on the environment through the successful modal shift in commuting trends for all the offices away from the private car. The award praised TPA for the commitment and managerial support including the new environmental based policy on company cars whereby the company balances business needs and the environment successfully