Highway Design

TMS offers an extensive range of training courses in the field of Road Safety and Traffic Management.  All courses offer a 'hands on' approach to training and are recognised for CPD by the IHE and CIHT

Course Information:

This course will be taught as 4 separate modules, with one day of classroom based tuition for each module, totalling 4 days. At the end of each module an assignment will be set. This should be completed by the student and submitted by the start of the next module. There will be around 6 weeks between the modules, which allow students sufficient time to complete the assignment and hand it in before the next module commences.

Aims & Objectives:

The course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to highway design and will give students the confidence to do this type of work once back in the working environment. The course is valuable to students new to the subject matter or those with practical experience but lack the academic background in the subject area. The qualification is a well-respected demonstration of competence in this area of work.


Topics Covered:


Module 1

Introduction to Highway Design:

  • Highways and capacity
  • Traffic evaluation
  • Government policy        
  • Route location          
  • Consultations
  • Design speed of existing roads
  • Contracts   

Horizontal Alignment:

  • Factors affecting horizontal alignment
  • Circular curves             
  • Transition curves 
  • Curve widening
  • Super-elevation
  • Setting out of composite curves  
  • Computer applications 


Module 2

Vertical Alignment:

  • Gradients 
  • Vertical curves
  • Coordination of horizontal and vertical design
  • Drainage

Module 3

Priority Junctions:

  • Priority junctions
  • Basic types of major/minor priority junction
  • Principles of design and design considerations
  • Safety
  • Pedestrian facilities
  • Geometric standards for design
  • Traffic capacity of major/minor priority junctions


  • Capacity
  • Geometric characteristics
  • Signing and marking
  • Special facilities

Module 4

Traffic Signals:

  • Terminology
  • Traffic Signal Design
  • Engineering at signalled junctions
  • Pedestrian facilities at traffic signal installations
  • Other types of signal installation  



This course offers a BTEC Level 4 Certificate of Achievement for students through completion of a series of assignments that will be assessed by TMS and City of Bath College. This course can also contribute to the achievement of a Professional Diploma in Highway Engineering by further study of Highways and Transportation topics from the TMS and City of Bath College training programme.

Students who attend the course and do not successfully complete the assignments will receive a certificate of attendance providing all four modules / course days are attended.

Students are not permitted to attend individual modules they must attend all four on the dates as detailed below.

A joint TMS/City of Bath College Certificate/Diploma will also be issued to students completing the course. 

How much will it cost and what is included?

The fee for this course is £1,675 excluding VAT. This is payable in advance of attending the course. This will include a course manual, additional notes and lunch / refreshments on the days of the course. 

Course Dates & Venue:

Please note learners attending this course must attend all of the training days listed below.

Registration begins at 9:15am each day, with each module running from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Module 1 - 5th December 2017

Module 2 - 16th January 2018

Module 3 - 26th February 2018

Module 4 - 9th April 2018

Venue: Church House Westminster, London

Regional and In-house courses:

This course can also be run in-house for organisations or groups of organisations which can get together. This may be more cost effective for organisations where there are several members of staff who wish to attend the course. 

Booking a place:

To book a place on this course please either download a pdf booking form or make an online booking by using the link below.

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