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Transport Planning

Job Description :

Transport Planners make sure that there are safe, economical, reliable and environmentally friendly transport systems in operation all around the UK. They must liaise and negotiate with different parties such as planning and highway authorities, resident groups, councillors, developers and transport providers. You may also work for passenger transport companies, freight and logistics companies.

Duties Include :

  • Preparing strategic transport plans for local authorities.
  • Evaluating solutions to traffic problems.
  • Devising strategies for public consultation and involvement.
  • Assessing the impact of new developments on all forms of transport.
  • Preparing transport impact studies.

Personal Qualities:

  • Have an understanding of the movement of people and goods.
  • Have practical skills to be able to assess plans and proposals.
  • Be able to oversee the implementation of agreed plans.
  • Be confident in dealing with clients, councillors or local groups.
  • e interested in transport management and the environment.


  • Most enter Transport Planning with a Higher National Diploma, foundation or a standard degree.
  • May be possible to start work as a Planning Technician and progress to a Transport Planner.
  • A degree on Civil Engineering is most common however other subjects including social studies, geography, business studies, environmental studies or design and technology can also be relevant.
  • Some local authorities offer graduate training schemes which aim to ensure that entrants acquire a wide range of knowledge and experience working with a variety of clients.
  • Depending on the organisation, training may be on the job.

Working Hours:

Transport planners normally work standard weekly full-time hours, although they may have to work longer in order to meet deadlines, and may occasionally have to work in the evening or at a weekend. The job is normally office based, although transport planners also make site visits.


Transport Planners are encouraged to undertake continuing professional development (CPD), so that they can keep up with changing technologies and approaches to their work. Many of the larger planning and engineering consultancies and some local authorities offer graduate training schemes, which aim to ensure that entrants acquire a wide range of knowledge and experience working with a variety of clients. Careers can progress by developing specialist knowledge, or by moving in to more senior roles, such as senior planner or consultant.

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