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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN1021 Transport Policy in Action

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Bryan Matthews

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students interested in the power and the limitations of transport policy and planning as it is enacted in the real world. By shaping the connectedness within and between communities and the travel choices each of us makes, transport policies have the potential to contribute toward more Sustainable Futures, e.g. via promoting greater levels of physical activity as a means of improving health, by promoting greener forms of travel as a means of combating local and global environmental pollution and by improving connectivity as a means of facilitating economic development. However, different transport policies have different effects in different times and places. High speed rail might serve to provide sustainable connections between particular French cities, but how well might we expect it to serve to connect London with English regional cities? 20mph speed limits might serve to improve road safety in particular locations, but how would this work in other locations and what would the overall impact be on traffic speeds and journey times? The module provides a framework for exploring the evidence about different transport policies, drawing on cases from the UK and throughout the world, highlighting instances of good practice and areas of difficulty. In doing so, we seek to facilitate students’ active engagement with live transport policy developments. There are no pre-requisites, co-requisites or post-requisites.


- To understand the role of transport and mobility in a modern society, travel trends and key issues for transport in different local, national and global contexts and how these issues relate to key policy and planning debates in transport.
- To identify the various options being promoted for sustainable transport.
- To learn about various decision-making frameworks and methods for analysis.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn about the full range of dilemmas facing the transport sector, and learn how policy is developed to respond to these policy and planning challenges through the use of suitable frameworks and methods of analysis. They will become familiar with the role of different organisations, key stakeholders and lobby groups in the decision-making process for transport policy delivery. By the end of the module they will be able to apply their own ideas and experiences to generate potential solutions.


1. Promoting behaviour change and innovative solutions
2. New transport networks: and smart technologies
3. Healthy cities/healthy lifestyles
4. Pricing travel and innovative finance
5. Global supply chains and green logistics
6. Transport governance and policy-making (practical case studies)
7. Transport in the media (class debate)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Background reading
Preparation for tutorials and lectures
Preparing for participation in class debate
Preparation of coursework

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through weekly tutorial sessions including student discussion groups plus reflective logs and mandatory assessment through a 1500 word project report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,500 words100.00
Reflective log250 words Initial student statement - pass to progress0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:39:41


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