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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM148 Module Title: TRANSPORT POLICY
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M30
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: THORNE AM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


3 hour examination




Coursework – two assignments




Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview
Module Aims

To enable students to develop and demonstrate:


  • Knowledge of how transport policy is developed and implemented.


  • Understanding of the link between transport strategies or schemes and land use.


  • Familiarity with the purpose and scope of the LTP process.


  • An appreciation that transport policy debates and developments must be accompanied by an analytical understanding of policy impacts.
  • An appreciation of the role of consultation, the alternative approaches available and the limitations of each.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:


  • Critically evaluate the process whereby transport policies are devised and implemented across the country and demonstrate an understanding of policy on society and the environment.


  • Explain the basic workings of the current UK Planning system and use planning policy documents and planning policy guidance to support or undermine a planning application


  • Calculate how the scale and nature of the journeys to and from a site are affected by alternative forms of development for that site.


  • Critically evaluate the Local Transport Plan process and funding.


  • Discuss the most common methods for the delivery of schemes in the public and private sector, and the potential benefits and risks to the various interested parties with each of these methods.


  • Specify data needed to quantify the travel impact of transport policy changes and estimate the transport impacts of such a change.


  • Plan a consultation strategy as part of the process for deciding on the preferred solution to a transport problem and illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining responses from focus groups, stakeholder workshops or the general public.


  • Recognise and evaluate potential commercial implications of interventions in transport.
  • Understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in transport planning and practice.
Module Content
  • National, regional and local transport policy


  • Land use planning


  • Local transport Plans – process and delivery


  • Transport policy impacts
  • Consultation
Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hrs lectures, 10 hrs discussion/workshop, 60 hrs assignments, 57 hrs independent learning, 3 hrs examination


Total student learning time 150 hours

Selected Texts/Journals

Transport in the Urban Environment. IHT 1997.  (ISBN 09029 33213)   Recommended


a) Future of Transport White Paper, DfT (


“Transport: The Way Forward”  1995


“A New Deal for Transport : Better for Everyone”  DETR


Planning Policy Statement No. 6


Planning Policy Guidance No.13


National Travel Survey




For guidance on preparing second round LTPs December 2004


For access to detailed guidance and all LA documents.


Transport Statistics Bulletins via

Last Updated

06 February 2009