Transport Planning and Traffic Management

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:

This course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to transport planning and traffic management 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

Transport Administration:

  • EU, Central and Local Government
  • Highway Authorities
  • Public Transport
  • Formal Plans

Traffic and Growth:

  • Distribution and Growth of Traffic
  • Future trends
  • Traffic generation

Environmental Aspects:

  • Safety
  • Pollution
  • Local air quality
  • Intrusion
  • Noise and vibration

Sustainable Transport:

  • A sustainable transport strategy
  • A walking strategy
  • A cycling strategy
  • A public transport strategy
  • A parking strategy
  • Travel planning
  • Green tourism


Module 2

Surveys, Analysis and Presentation:

  • Vehicle counting methods
  • Special traffic counts
  • Analysis and presentation of traffic flow data
  • Parking surveys
  • Origin and destination surveys
  • Home interviews
  • Health and safety

Traffic Modelling:

  • The aims of transport studies
  • Tactical transport model
  • Traffic generation
  • Surveys
  • Data analysis
  • Traffic assignment
  • Model output and application


  • Road accident casualty saving targets
  • The road environment as a contributory factor in accidents
  • Collecting road accident information
  • Identifying the problem areas
  • Accident analysis
  • Remedial measures
  • Skid resistance
  • Implementation
  • Dealing with speed
  • Before and after studies
  • Statistical considerations
  • Aftercare
  • Safety audit Molasses scheme information database

Design: Roads, Signal and Junctions:

  • Roads
  • Priority junctions
  • Traffic signals
  • Roundabouts
  • Pedestrians


Module 3


  • Parking policies
  • Parking demand
  • Parking studies
  • A parking strategy
  • New development parking standards
  • Residents' parking schemes
  • On-street parking control
  • Enforcement
  • Off-street car parks
  • Park and ride
  • Coach parking
  • Lorry parking
  • Motorcycle and cycle parking
  • Special events
  • Bus stop design

Environmental Improvements:

  • Town and city centres
  • Central residential areas
  • Outer residential areas
  • Villages
  • Traffic calming
  • Home zones
  • Quiet roads
  • Design and consultation
  • Implementation aspects

Other Traffic Management Aspects:

  • Road markings
  • Traffic signs
  • Improving flow/capacity
  • Speed Limits
  • Lorry controls


Module 4

Public Consultation:

  • Methods of communication
  • Consultation
  • Dealing with public objections
  • Improving relations

Legal Aspects and Traffic Regulation Orders:

  • Legislation relating to highways and traffic
  • Traffic Regulation Orders
  • TRO procedures
  • Sample orders
  • Decriminalised parking
  • Records

Sustainable Transport Examples:

  • Safer Routes to School
  • The ELGAR project
  • Quality bus partnerships
  • High Occupancy Vehicle lanes
  • Congestion tolling  



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 fee includes 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:

Module 1 - 25th September 2017

Module 2 - 13th November 2017

Module 3 - 15th January 2018

Module 4 - 5th March 2018

Venue: Church House Westminster, London

Regional and In-house courses

The course can 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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