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2007 National RTPI and TRICS Transport and Development conference

14 September 2007

New Directions in Transport Planning: 2007 National RTPI and TRICS Transport and Development Conference

For the first time in its 19 year history, this event will be co-hosted by the RTPI, in recognition that the Conference has now become a key event in the UK planning calendar.

The Conference recognises the dramatic shift in transport planning, arguably as great as that from land use to spatial planning, with the emphasis firmly on integration and sustainability. It will be held on the 20th - 21st November at the Regent's Park Marriott Hotel in London. The implementation of new policy directions, and their 'fit' with sustainable transport planning, will undoubtedly play a central role in strengthening civil society and delivering places in which people want to live and work..

The event will be launched and chaired by RTPI President Jim Claydon. It will bring together over 400 people across government, the planning community and the private sector with an interest in sustainable development, spatial planning, urban design and transport planning.

The RT Hon John Gummer, Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal, will look at the national policy picture and the challenges it presents for transport planning. Other influential MP's, including Teresa Villiers MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and Susan Kramer MP for the Liberal Democrats will reflect on how far recent developments in planning policy, including the planning and local government White Papers, are knitting together in practice.

From the Planning Inspectorate, Leonora Rozee and Chris Shepley (a former Chief Planning Inspector) will debate how far the system has caught up with policy shifts at regional and local level. They will look at how RSSs and LDFs have dealt with transport planning and integration issues in practice.

The conference will be examining the constraints on implementing sustainable transport infrastructure from the business, technical and political perspectives, with speakers including Karen Dee, Head of Infrastructure at the CBI and experts from DfT. Others will reflect on national funding experiences, and speakers from the USA and New Zealand will provide an international perspective and highlight how they have achieved successes.

The conference will mix plenary sessions with a panel debate, coupled with workshops on: the new DfT guidance on securing travel plan through the planning process; how to select appropriate transport modelling techniques; how to ecological (carbon) footprint development plans; and a study tour of the King's Cross/St Pancras Regeneration Area. Masterclasses will be held on the practical implications of the new guidance on transport assessment, and on the potential pitfalls of the new Manual for Streets.

The Two day event, and conference dinner, provide a unique networking opportunity for the planning and transport professions. We look forward to seeing you there. For further details and to book, please visit

Written by Colin Black, Director,
JMP Consulting, organisers of the TRICS conference