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Viewpoint: Issue 600 6 Jul 2012

As transport planners we do a good job... but we’re working in an imperfect world

Tim Morton

I recently retired after 40 years in transport consultancy, mainly in transport planning. During that time I have seen transport planning grow from a discipline into a profession, with many fine achievements to its name. But I reflect on two points – how good are we at transport planning and do we deliver good transport as a result?

Transport planning comprises four basic elements – (1) analysis of a transport problem to identify and quantify its extent; (2) development of options...

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