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Events & Activities

Past events:


TPN 2019: Creating visions for better places

18 November, London

This year's network conference focused on visioning, with speakers and delegates exploring how transport and land use planners can work with communities, businesses and other stakeholders to create transformative visions for sustainable mobility and land use.


Spatial planning and sustainable travel

4 December, London

The 2017 network conference explored the multiple benefits that can be achieved by coordinating new development with sustainable transport infrastructure, the costs of getting it wrong, and how evidence can be used in practice. Presentations from the day can be downloaded below:


Smarter Travel LIVE! 2017

19-20 October, Milton Keynes

The RTPI supported this two-day conference which explored the practical application of intelligent mobility for sustainable towns and cities, and features a presentation by Hannah Budnitz, Chair of the Transport Planning Network.


Transport Practitioners Meeting

28-29 June 2017, Nottingham

The RTPI supported the 2017 Transport Practitioners' Meeting (TPM), which saw over 100 presenters speak during an action packed two-day conference.

Read a blog on the conference from TPN Chair Hannah Budnitz


Trees, People and the Built Environment 3

5-6 April 2017

Laura Emmerson, Vice-Chair of the Transport Planning Network, presented at this year's International Urban Trees Conference in Birmingham. Her presention looked at the integration of tree policies into highway policies.


Travel in Britain in 2035

Tuesday 28 February 2017

This joint event from the RTPI, TPS and CILT explored the future of transport, technology and land use. It featured a presentation by Charlene Rohr, Senior Research Leader at RAND Europe, on their study of future travel scenarios and the implications for technology and innovation.

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Development around transport hubs

Monday 21 November 2016

This years conference from the RTPI and TPS explored the government's agenda for delivering housing around transport hubs, and discussed how we can plan sustainable transit-oriented developments. Click here to download a summary of the event, and here to read coverage in The Planner Magazine.


Download speaker presentations:

The final panel discussion included Stephen Joseph from the Campaign for Better Transport, James Harris from the RTPI, and Trinley Walker from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The research projects that they referred to are linked below:


Events from the RTPI Regions

On Friday 17 July 2016, the RTPI South East region held a transport planning event in Tunbridge Wells. Click here to download presentations from Lynda Addison (CILT), Tim Allen, (Peter Brett Associates), Joseph Ratcliffe (Kent County Council), Marian Marsh (Reading Borough Council) and Victor Callister (Design Council CABE). 

On 30 July 2016, the RTPI South West region and CILT held an event titled: Transport and Planning: Another Turn of the Wheel. Click here to download a presentation on government transport policy and the implications for planning, from James Harris - RTPI Policy and Networks Manager. 


Transport and Spatial Planning Conference

Monday 23 November 2015


This packed conference brought together expert speakers to explore the integration of transport and spatial planning at the national, regional and local level. The discussion ranged from high speed rail and the major roads network to the impact of the devolution and Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Download a full summary of the event

Read our news story on the conference

Read coverage of the conference in The Planner magazine

Download speaker presentations:



RTPI 2015 Planning Convention Study Tour - Crossrail Bond Street

Monday 6 July 2015

At a cost of £14.8 billion and a wider benefit of £42 billion, Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project, stretching from Reading and Heathrow to the west of London through the City and to Canary Wharf in East London.

The Study Tour of Crossrail Bond Street was a part of the 2015 RTPI Planning Convention. Delegates went on a tour that included the viewing platform of Crossrail's Bond Street Station site. Delegates received an overview of the project from Rob Paris, Head of Sustainability and Consents and Julie Davis, Land Use Planning Manager, both from Crossrail.

View the presentation



Mapping and Measuring London

Thursday 30 April 2015, London

This event from RTPI London and the Transport Planning Network (TPN) forms part of the 'Thinking Strategically' series which considers long-term issues for London and its hinterland. The event was chaired by Andrew Dorrian from the Consents Team at TfL Planning, and featured the following presentations:

  • Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) looked back at the history and terminology of the 'smart city', and provided delegates with a fascinating tour of various 2D and 3D data visualisations of London. 
  • Yaron Hollander (TfL) demonstrated WebCAT, a new web-based tool for assessing connectivity, and talked about the use of PTAL in planning decisions
  • Damien McCloud (Arup) discussed the tools and technqiues available to planners, the need for reliable and complete data, and the challenges of presenting complex information in a simple manner. The 'Programme Delivery Dashboard' developed by Arup for Croydon Council was presented as an example of using big data for effective planning. 

The presentation from Professor Mike Batty is currently unavailable - the other two presentations can be downloaded here. Delegates were also treated to a spectacular sunset from the roof of the TfL building in Westminster! 

Tf L Roof View


Crossrail Project Update Event

Thursday 05 March 2015

Crossrail Limited delivered a presentation for TPN members at their office in Canary Wharf. Simon Bennett, Programme Community Relations Manager, took delegates on a tour of the project, covering its history, business case and financial model, and explaining its impact on regeneration, skills training and environmental management. Crossrail is the biggest engineering project in Europe with services through central London due to commence in 2018.

Click here to download the presentation (pdf)

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TPN - RTPI West Midlands The Interaction of Transport and Land Use Planning

23 October 2014

This event was kindly hosted by Mott MacDonald, with speakers discussing a range of issues around transport and land use planning. This included planning for HS2, planning policy guidance, a freight transport site and a new method to analyse the positive impact of transport projects. 

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American Planning Association Study Visit to Crossrail

18 June 2014

Crossrail Limited and Westminster City Council hosted a talk on Crossrail for planners visiting from America. The visit was part of a week-long APA Study Visit, attended by around 30 delegates. Delegates learnt about the benefits of Crossrail, were given an overview of the planning and engineering processes, and learnt about the outcomes of the project in the City of Westminster. This was followed by a site visit to the Bond Street East Ticket Hall viewing platform.

The talk was organised by Jas Mahil, current Chair of TPN. 

Click here to download the presentation from Westminster City Council. 




Victoria Opportunity Area: A Transport and Infrastructure Walking Tour

November 2013

Hilary Skinner and Jas Mahil from Westminster City Council led delegates on a transport and infrastructure tour of Victoria. Delegates were able to see how the area is changing and learn about current and proposed development, including ongoing and proposed improvements to Victoria Station, major commercial and residential development and proposals for Crossrail Line 2.

Click here to download the presentation.



Other events

Transport and Health Seminar

21 January 2015

This seminar saw around 35 transport planners and public health practitioners meeting to discuss why and how the two professions can work better together. Presentations were given by:

  • Harry Rutter, who has been involved in a number of national and European initiatives aimed at promoting the health benefits of walking and cycling (download presentation)
  • Guy Hitchcock, one of the authors of the recent RAC Foundation report on Road Transport and Air Quality (download presentation)
  • Adrian Barrit and Beth Capps, who showed how the links between transport and health are being made on a practical basis at a local level (download presentation)


 Consultations which the RTPI are responding to are listed here.