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Sustainable Transport in the UK

Delve into the history of transport in the UK as you discover how we can progress to sustainable travel behaviours.

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Sustainable Transport in the UK

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Learn how the UK can transition to sustainable travel

Since the 1950s, urban planning in the UK has had a huge focus on car travel. However, as we look to tackle the climate crisis we must turn to more sustainable modes of transport.

On this three-week course, you’ll learn how the UK can progress towards more sustainable travel behaviours.

You’ll delve into transport planning to understand how this influences current mobility patterns, and how policy measures can be used to make a change towards greener travel.

Unpack the history of UK transport

You’ll start by diving into the history of transport planning in the UK.

This knowledge will help you understand how the UK has arrived at its current mobility patterns, and the challenges to overcome to achieve a more sustainable transport system.

Delve into different urban planning examples

Next, you’ll see sustainable urban transport in action as you explore new streetscape projects in Oxford, cycling facilities in Copenhagen, urban renewal in Manchester, and orbital public transport in Helsinki.

You’ll also explore the use of low emission vehicles in Milton Keynes and integrated transport and urban planning in Malmö.

With this knowledge, you’ll gain a deeper understanding into the process of prioritising sustainable transport.

Learn from the experts at the University College London

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.

With their expertise and world-leading research, you’ll finish the course with the skills and knowledge to advocate for sustainable transport in the UK.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    The context to transport and sustainability

    • Welcome to the course

      How might transport systems support sustainability in our streets, neighbourhoods, cities and regions?

    • Focus of the course

      The focus and structure of the course syllabus and a welcome to our learners and educators.

    • A brief history of transport planning in the UK

      How has transport planning developed in the UK?

    • Learning from good practice

      Introducing the course’s case studies on transport and city planning.

    • Learning with us

      Learning processes and materials.

  • Week 2

    Street, neighbourhood and urban connections

    • Welcome to Week 2

      How might we develop a future transport vision and strategy and what progressive case studies are available at the street, neighbourhood and urban scales?

    • Sustainability and transport

      Developing a vision and strategy.

    • Progressive practice in the UK and Europe

      Examples of progressive transport planning projects in the UK and Europe.

    • Bringing it all together

      How is the street used in your context?

  • Week 3

    Regional and inter-urban connections

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Regional and inter-urban projects, social equity and emerging technologies in transport.

    • Dimensions of social equity

      How might we develop transport systems that are more socially equitable?

    • Progressive practice in the UK and Europe

      Examples of progressive transport planning projects in the UK and Europe.

    • Emerging technologies in transport

      Examples of emerging technology innovations in the UK.

    • Integrated transport and urban planning, at neighbourhood, urban and regional scales

      Examples of sustainable transport and urban planning in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

    • Bringing it all together

      How participatory appraisal can help develop more sustainable transport strategies.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those working in government, transport or urban planning consultancy, students, and anyone interested in transport and sustainability.

Who will you learn with?

Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, and Director of the MSc in Transport & City Planning at UCL.

Who developed the course?

UCL (University College London)

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

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