Around 10,000 Transport Planners are employed each year according to the sector skills for transport. With an approximate increase of 9000 transport engineers required each year. If you are good at solving problems and managing projects and would like to play a key role in meeting peoples transport needs our clients would look forward meeting you.
Transport Planners are specialists within the discipline of civil engineering that ensure the safety and efficiency of roads and transportation systems. Transportation planning involves designing and constructing roads, seaports and railways. It’s about preparing, assessing and implementing policies, plans and projects to improve and manage travel systems. They take into consideration issues such as climate change, the economy and the environment.
The work transportation planners are often related to are government policies and initiatives such as attempting to change travel behaviour of people by encouraging them to reduce their car usage and take up walking, or instead using public transport or cycling.
Transport planning plays a central role in managing the growth of road, rail and airport transport networks for local, regional and national travel. They plan and advise on transport policies for new systems and improvements to existing ones.
Transport planning job duties
You will be expected to have a B-Eng/M-Eng in civil engineering and an MSc in Transportation planning or with experience in designing and interpreting transport and travel surveys, writing reports and offering recommendations on transport systems to clients using statistical analysis to examine travel data or accept records.
You will be analysing current data on transport problems using mathematical models and computer simulations to forecast the effects of road improvements, policy changes of public transport schemes and public consultation. You will also design leaflets, and questionnaires, manage projects from inception to completion within time and budget limits. Look at new developments such as shopping centres that require access to roads and assessing infrastructure requirements such as car parking, bus stops, cycle parking and so on.
You will also be looking at schemes to manage traffic, such as congestion charging and parking controls, Studying accident black spots to design road and safety improvements. Meeting and liaising with the local authority and being involved with junction improvements, pedestrian schemes, bus interchange, writing up bids and working alongside traffic and highways engineers. You would need to be good at analysing data, writing reports and giving presentations. You would also need knowledge of local transport issues.
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