CP0323 - Transport Planning and Travel Behaviour

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0323
External Subject CodeK460
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Shin Lee
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

An initial review of UK transport policy and practice since the 1960s leads into more detailed examination of travel behaviour and its relevance to the design, analysis and evaluation of transport policies. Issues covered include: satisfying mobility versus improving accessibility; the crucial relationship between land use planning and transport; environmental degradation and the need to develop a sustainable transport policy; financial, administrative, and organisational aspects of transport; and the demographic, economic, social and technological factors which influence the demand for travel. Students will also be introduced to theories and models of behaviour which form the basis for understanding and predicting the response of a travel market to transport policies. The course will be illustrated with case studies. Students will engage in a site-specific group project which examines accessibility and the potential for sustainable transport. The module will be assessed through group presentation (50%) as well as individual report (50%) on this site transport planning. 

On completion of the module a student should be able to

By the end of the module students should be able to:


1.    appreciate the challenge facing transport planners in meeting travel needs and desires

2.    understand the key elements of transport policy in the UK, EU and USA and their impact upon travel

3.    appreciate the demographic, social, economic  and technological  factors influencing the demand  for travel

4.    appreciate the motivations behind and barriers to behavioural changes in transport

5.    critically appraise a range of transport policies for promoting greater sustainability at national, regional and local levels

6.    possess a knowledge of theories and models of travel behaviour applied to both travel markets and individuals within them

7.    understand the need for an integrated critical approach to planning and transport, and especially the appraisal of transport policies, in order to protect and conserve both built and natural environments

8.    understand the way in which personal values and attitudes, of both the public and the planner, can affect travel behaviour including modal choice

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered by lectures, problem-solving live projects, and participatory workshops.

Skills that will be practised and developed

1.    individual skills in problem definition (conceptualisation; identification of analytical, organisational, and reactive dimensions of policies) and in research and data collection (using both primary secondary sources)

2.    the ability to produce a consultancy-style report, involving the synthesis and application of knowledge to practice, and including an appreciation of the need to take a strategic view

3.    demonstrable applied team work skills in oral and graphic presentation, through working in small groups to research and present material in seminars

How the module will be assessed

Type of assessment





(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Individual Report





Group presentation





The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 50
Individual Report
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50
Group Presentation
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

·         Travel trends and the evolution of transport policy and planning

·         The relationship between travel behaviour and urban form

·         Policy instruments to influence travel behaviour

·         Trip reduction programmes in the UK and USA

·         Low carbon travel – walking, cycling and reducing the need to travel

·         Transport impacts: society, economy and the environment

·         The role of government: transport policy and transport interventions

·         Live project

Essential Reading and Resource List

·         Banister, D. (2002), Transport Planning, London: Spon (2nd edition).

·         Breheny, M. J. (ed) (1992), Sustainable Development and Urban Form, London: Pion.

·         Bruton, M. J. (1992), Introduction to Transportation Planning, London: UCL Press (3rd edition).

·         Buchanan, C (1964), Traffic in Towns (shortened version), London, Harmondsworth: Penguin/HMSO

·         Newman and Kenworthy (1989) Gasoline Consumption and cities.  Journal of the American Planning Association 55(1), 24-37.

·         Stern, N. H. (2007) The economics of climate change: the Stern Review, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

·         Cole S. (2005) (3rd Edn.), Applied Transport Economics, London: Kogan Page.

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