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Transport Planning

The RTPI-TPS Transport Planning Network (TPN) is a member-driven forum for transport planners and those with an interest in transport issues. It is run jointly between the RTPI and the Transport Planning Society.

TPN membership offers a great range of benefits and opportunities, including:

  • A regular email bulletin with details of events, reports and good practice
  • Opportunities to contribute to policy and research development
  • Virtual and face-to-face networking opportunities
  • Provision of support and encouragement in your professional activities
  • Campaigns for improvements in policy and practice
  • RTPI and TPS members can click here to register for the network 

Our 2019 conference: Creating Visions for Better Places 

In November last year, RTPI and TPS members came together with civil servants, academics and other professionals to discuss the role of place-based visions in achieving sustainable transport and patterns of land use. With keynote presentations from Professor Phil Goodwin and Lynda Addison OBE, and a series of interactive workshops led by experienced practitioners, delegates explored the past, present and future role of visions in the planning system. The conference was kindly supported by Arup. 

Download a summary of the event | Download the presentations 


Could you help to champion the Transport Planning Network? 

We are currently seeking nominations from members who would like to be considered for the role of Chair and Vice Chair of the Transport Planning Network. This is a great opportunity to build your professional network, help us champion the integration of transport and land use planning, and shape our programme of events and political engagement over the next two years.

What's involved?
Our Chair and Vice-Chair provide valuable support to the RTPI on transport planning policy and research, including by:

  • Identifying issues and topics which are relevant to network members
  • Contributing to the newsletter, and commenting on relevant political announcements in RTPI publications and The Planner magazine
  • Identifying themes and speakers for our annual conference 
  • Shaping our policy and research agenda 
  • Speaking on behalf of the RTPI at external events, and engaging with members whenever convenient

About you
The roles of Chair and Vice-Chair are suited for somebody who can:

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to planning and the strategic objectives and vision of the RTPI and TPS
  • Devote time to the role, of approximately one day per month
  • Confidently represent the RTPI and TPS by speaking at external events and respond to media enquiries
  • Contribute to blogs, news articles and government consultations
  • Exploit these opportunities to build and develop their own professional network

The role of Chair is open to RTPI members, and the role of Vice Chair is open to TPS members. If you would like to be considered, then please send a short statement of your experience and interest in the role (two or three paragraphs) to The deadline for applications is 19 August 2020.

You can read more about this role in this blog by Hannah Budnitz, the outgoing network chair. 

The Network administrator is James Harris, Policy and Networks Manager at the Royal Town Planning Institute.