'Making the case for transport – understanding and demonstrating its contribution' event - 5 December 2017

Transport makes a wide range of contributions to society.  This event will outline what advances are being made in understanding these contributions and how we should take them into account when developing business cases and investment proposals.

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This event is an expert roundtable. There will be a write up on the CIHT website and in Transportation Professional including supporting CIHT Podcast material.  The output will provide insight into the current practice and position around how we understand and demonstrate the contribution that transport makes to society and looks to potential future developments.

Each speaker will give a 15 minute overview of key issues (this can be supported by PowerPoint but is not essential).  Following an outline from each presenter, there will be wider discussion moderated by CIHT.

Making the case for transport – understanding and demonstrating its contribution   


We are able to offer competitive delegate rates.  CIHT members and public sector at a cost of £52 + vat (£62.40) all other attendee categories at a cost of £104 + vat (£124.80).  There are no further discounts for CIHT members. For those public sector employees who are not CIHT members, in order to obtain your discounted rate, please enter the following special offer code when booking:


We can keep costs down by only offering web based delegate registration. Please note that CIHT is not able to invoice - payment is only either by credit or debit card only.  Please book your place online.

Speaker biographies and photos are being requested and will be uploaded to this page as & when they are received.

Peter Jones, Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, UCL

Peter Jones photo smallPeter Jones is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for Transport Studies at UCL; before which he was Director of the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster.  He is a Fellow of the CIHT, a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the DfT’s Science Advisory Council and co-chair of its Joint Analysis Development Group. He is Scientific Co-ordinator for the EU funded ‘CREATE’ project on trends in urban mobility and implications for future cities and transport forecasting and appraisal; and a member of the Commission on Travel Demand and of the London Roads and Streets Commission. He was awarded an OBE for services to national transport policy, in January 2017.

He has a wide range of transport research and teaching interests, covering both analytical methods and policy. These include transport policy, traveller attitudes and behaviour, travel trends and the determinants of travel demand, traffic restraint studies, accessibility studies, policy option generation, major transport economic and social impact studies, public engagement, development of new survey and appraisal methods, and advances in urban street planning and design.

Presentation Synopsis

Politicians and professionals from many disciplines are increasingly recognising the wider benefits of investing in sustainable and place-focused transport measures, particularly in urban areas, through their contributions to factors such as health and well-being, liveability, reduced community severance, enhanced personal security, increased engagement in out-of-home activities, productivity gains and improvements in the urban realm. But our ability to measure and value such benefits is lagging well behind policy imperatives – and inhibiting the introduction of such measures in situations where funding is heavily constrained.

Drawing on findings from the EU project ‘CREATE’, involving five Western European capital cities, the presentation will outline these wider impacts, how they are currently measured and valued, and what might be done to address gaps in knowledge. It also raises more a basic question about the appropriate role and form of urban forecasting and appraisal methods, as city mayors move away from ‘predict-and-provide’ towards vision-based, cross-sector policy making.

Lucy Saunders, Consultant in Public Health, TfL

Lucy Saunders photo smallLucy Saunders developed the Healthy Streets Approach which is the overarching framework for the Mayor of London’s 25 year Transport Strategy.  Lucy is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, she has worked across all areas of public health before specialising in transport and public ream.  She has worked with TfL for the past 5 years delivering their multi-award winning Health Action Plan.

Presentation Synopsis

Lucy Saunders’ Healthy Streets Approach is the overarching framework for the new London Mayor’s 25-year Transport Strategy. This means that human health and wellbeing will be at the centre of all transport decision making in London.  Lucy will give an overview of Healthy Streets and the governance and tools being employed in London to embed this Approach.

Josh Nava, Economic Advisor, DfT

Josh Nava smallJosh joined DfT as an economic advisor in the summer of 2017 to finalise an update to the WebTAG wider economic impacts guidance following a consultation on proposed changes to the guidance launched at the end of 2016.

Prior to working at DfT Josh has had a varied career working as an economist on welfare benefits and private pensions analysis at DWP; as an advisor to the Treasury and Prime Ministers’ Office in the Government of Vanuatu; as well as industrial forecasting and impact assessments for a UK-based economics consultancy.

Presentation Synopsis

Following the publishing of a forthcoming change to the Department for Transport’s WebTAG Wider Economic Impacts guidance, this presentation will seek to explain how the Department intends scheme promoters to build a business case using the new guidance.

Tim Foster, Head of Economic Advice, TfN

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Tim Foster is Head of Economic Advice at Transport for the North, where he is responsible for developing the evidence base to support improved investment in transformational change in the North’s economy. Tim joined TfN in early 2016 on secondment from central government where he is a senior economic advisor and has held a number of senior roles in labour market analysis, strategy and delivery.

Presentation Synopsis

Transport for the North (TfN) is the organisation formed to transform the transport system across the North of England, providing the infrastructure needed to drive economic growth. TfN is a unique partnership, with elected and business leaders from all areas of Northern England uniting to work with central government and national transport bodies. In early 2018 it will become the first sub national transport body with statutory powers to produce the long term plan for investment in the North to drive economic growth and help rebalance the UK economy.

TfNs unique mission has required the development of new thinking, tools and approaches about the impact of transport on the economy of the North of England, and the wider impacts on skills, investment and innovation. This session will share the approach that TfN has taken to tackling these challenges.

Claire Donner, Assistant Economist, Roads Economics and Modelling, Department for Transport

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