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CTS Symposium 2024

The CTS annual symposium will be held on Thursday 18 July 2024 on UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus, and will feature an exciting and thought-provoking array of talks and keynotes as well as a panel and workshops. The symposium will be an opportunity to share and engage with transport research on the topics of governance and equity; transport planning and placemaking; technological change; travel behaviour and the mobility experience. 

We have partnered with GWR to offer a significant discount to delegates – for that, book your tickets (link provided by GWR) and make sure you have with you a confirmation of attendance, which can be requested by train controllers. This can be your registration confirmation or an invitation we’ll be happy to provide. Please email us ( if you have any doubt or require assistance.

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FUTURES - Toolkit for vision-led transport planning in uncertain times 

FUTURES is the Future Uncertainty Toolkit for Understanding and Responding to an Evolving Society. In recognising the need for resilience and social transformation, development consultancy Mott MacDonald, in collaboration with UWE Bristol, has - through Professor Glenn Lyons - developed FUTURES. This is a forward-thinking and vision-led strategic planning tool based on an alternative approach: ‘Decide and Provide’.

Listen to the podcast episode below as Professor Glenn Lyons and Annette Smith, Technical Director and Lead of the Future Mobility Team at Mott MacDonald, chat about the origin of FUTURES and the challenges around transport planning. More information, including the FUTURES interactive guide, can be found on the FUTURES webpage.

New Handbook to support Triple Access Planning

Transport planning continues to evolve. UWE Bristol has been instrumental in bringing forward the vision-led ‘Decide and Provide’ planning paradigm. In turn, it has been leading a pan-European project called ‘Triple Access Planning for Uncertain Futures’. On 18 March 2024, a new Handbook for Practitioners has been made available that further supports those already applying Triple Access Planning and helps others consider whether they too wish to join this movement of change.

Read or download the full Handbook

MSc Transport Engineering and Planning – Professional accreditations confirmed 

The Centre’s MSc Transport Engineering and Planning programme has recently had three professional accreditations confirmed. The degree offers flexible career pathways for graduates and provides the educational basis for becoming a Chartered Transport Planning Professional, a Chartered Engineer (DOC) (depending on students’ undergraduate qualifications) or a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.  For more information about the course and careers in transport planning/engineering, please contact the programme leader, Dr Ben Clark.

Building Better: Side Street Crossings

Building on two completed research projects on enhancing priority for pedestrians and cyclists at side road crossings funded by Transport Scotland and the Road Safety Trust, Dr Jonathan Flower was one of seven speakers at a recent webinar hosted by Landor Links. The event attracted over 100 questions from the 880 attendees, many of whom were local authority officers, who logged on. Practice is clearly looking for the latest evidence-based guidance to inform city street design around the UK. Watch the session recording
Jonathan has been invited to address the subject in more depth at an in-person event in London on 13 March 2024: Building better crossings and junctions.

Cycling Autumn School

Postgraduate researcher, Mel Cairns, attended a Cycling Autumn School in the Netherlands in November 2023, organised by the Netherlands Research School on Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL). The event saw 24 cycling PhD students from around the world gather in the Hague, hosted by Dr Kees Maat and Professor Vincent Marchau, for lectures and group work on a range of cycling topics. On the final day, the students joined a Bicycle Streets workshop and cycle tour as part of the International Conference on Cycle Safety.

PhD unpacked podcast

On 1 November 2023, Dr Tamara Bozovic joined PhD unpacked to talk about the science of improving city walkability in the hour-long podcast episode entitled 'The walking problem: How to make our cities foot-friendly (season 3, episode 1). Listen to the podcast episode.

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