My role as Transport Planner (Interim)
Transport planners work on policies, plans and projects relating to all kinds of transport systems. This includes roads and the use of cars, lorries and buses, rail networks, pedestrian systems for walking or cycling, and air travel.
Transport planners look at ways to improve these systems or how new systems can be implemented in certain areas. They will take into consideration issues such as climate change, the economy and the environment. The work of transport planners is often related to government policies and initiatives, such as trying to change the travel behaviour of people by encouraging them to reduce their car use and take up walking, cycling or public transport.
Work can be carried out on different levels from local to international and may include tasks from initial ideas through to design, completion and reviews.
Typical work activities Transport planner
There are a variety of tasks that can be carried out by transport planners and they often relate to the level of the job and the size of the employers. Tasks could typically include:
• designing and interpreting transport and travel surveys;
• writing clear reports and presenting options and recommendations on transport systems to clients;
• using statistical analysis to examine travel data or accident records;
• forming potential solutions to transport problems;
• using mathematical and computer simulation models to forecast the effects of road improvements, policy changes and/or public transport schemes;
• evaluating the benefits and costs of different strategies;