TPM July 2014 - Call for Papers

The annual meeting place for all transport engineers, planners and urban transport designers 



The 11th Transport Practitioners’ Meeting (TPM) held in Birmingham in July 2013 attracted transport planners, engineers and urban transport designers from the UK and beyond. The feedback from delegates was excellent; with over 95% stating the event equalled or exceeded their expectations. The content of the conference, included numerous presentations ranging from large projects such as HS2 to detailed presentations on economic growth and development, transport policy, streets and places and changing travel behaviour. The 12th TPM, which moves to London, will again encourage, through this call for papers, an extremely varied programme of presentations of keen interest to all transport Practitioners’. 


Key Features

TPM 2014 will pursue a clear agenda with a focus on attracting outstanding keynote speakers on issues of national policy importance and multi-streamed sessions, which will demonstrate how key policy instruments are turned into practical projects. This conference is one of the few which also gives an opportunity for transport practitioners to present a paper – an important part of professional development and networking. The timetable will be structured to offer delegates maximum opportunity to network through activities such as technical visits, drinks receptions and a conference dinner in addition to the main event.



TPM is aimed at transport planners, engineers, urban transport designers, managers and anyone involved in strategy development and delivery of transport services from public and private sectors. It is designed to help facilitate the sharing of good practice amongst the transport planning and engineering professions and to encourage the involvement of younger members of the profession as a way of enhancing career development.


Young Presenters

The organisers are particularly keen to receive abstracts from young practitioners (28 years or younger) especially those from the public sector. PTRC has, therefore, continued The PTRC Bursary Awards for Young Presenters, a recent initiative offering one bursary place to a young professional working in Local Government. The award will apply to sole authors only and will include a free attendance to the conference on the day of their presentation.


Presenting a Paper

It is important that abstracts contain sufficient information about the content of the proposed papers and the conclusions or results likely to be reached when the written paper is submitted and presented.

Abstracts, which identify actual or anticipated outcomes, are always particularly welcomed. If your abstract is selected you will be notified by Friday, 28th February 2014 and at that time you will be asked to confirm that you can:

• Submit the full written paper by Monday, 26th May 2014

• Attend the conference and present your paper. Presenters will be asked to speak for approximately 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussions.

All presenters and co-presenters will be asked to pay an attendance fee for the day they are presenting. This fee is significantly discounted. 


Possible Themes

  • Sustainable Urban Transport - Best Practice

  • Localism & Transport – LEPS/LTB

  • Contribution of Transport to Regeneration & Economic Development

  • Smarter Choices - Preaching to the Unconverted

  • Managing Demand

  • Travel Behaviour

  • Correlating Transport Co-Benefits with Health & Social Inclusion

  • Accessibility & Connectivity

  • Achieving Political Buy-In

  • Funding, Prioritisation & Delivery - Low Value, High Impact Measures

  • Charging & Taxation

  • Making the Most of Existing Infrastructure

  • Transport Appraisal & Investment Decision-Making - Time for a Change?

  • Transport Governance & Institutions

  • Streets, Places & the New Urbanism

  • Designing for Vulnerable Road Users

  • Land Use & Transport Interaction

  • Transport & New Technologies

  • Role of Transport in Climate Change Strategies

  • Transport Safety & Road-User Psychology

  • Bus, Road & Rail - Projects, Funding & Pricing

  • High Speed Rail

  • Marketing & Communications

  • Case Studies - what has and hasn’t worked?


Abstracts should be sent to to be received by 12pm on Monday, 3rd February 2014.  All authors will be informed by Friday, 28th February 2014 whether their paper has been accepted or not.  Final papers need to be received by Monday, 26th May 2014.