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All TRICS user organisations are invited to take part in our annual user survey, which can be accessed via the following link.

Annual User Survey



This is much valued feedback, and will assist the TRICS team in developing our 2022 data collection programme. You can also provide your ideas for the future of the TRICS system as we develop the TRICS 8 re-redesign.

26th May 2021

TRICS Consortium Limited has decided to introduce a new TRICS count type of “scooters” into all surveys undertaken from 2022 onwards.

This new count type will not differentiate between motorised and non-motorised scooters, so will apply to all types (including the smaller ones that children use). In effect, scooters will be treated the same way as we deal with pedal cycles, in that they will be recorded as an independent count type for both Level 1 (traffic) and Level 2 (multi-modal) TRICS surveys. This will mean that the TRICS database system will also be adapted so that trip rate calculations can be undertaken for this new count type just as they currently are for the pedal cycles count (which of course also does not differentiate between pushbikes and electric bikes). Therefore, the introduction of scooters in TRICS surveys should be relatively straightforward.

It is very clear from observation that these scooters are growing rapidly in number and are here to stay in one form or another. As they evolve over time we may be in a position to consider splitting the new count into potential sub-types, but in the first instance we will just cover every type of scooter (excluding the motorbike type which of course continue to be recorded as motorbikes) under one umbrella scooters count.

The December 2021 release of TRICS version 7.8.4 will include all the information that our users will need, with the systems architecture updated along with our Good Practice Guide and Multi-Modal Methodology document. The TRICS Help system will also be updated accordingly with the new count type definition etc.

We welcome your feedback and further suggestions on this topic, as we are opening up an unofficial consultation following this announcement over the next few months before we undertake the necessary systems work. As always, should you have any questions these are warmly welcomed.

11th May 2021

Following a period of survey suspension, this Spring has seen a high demand for commissioned SAM surveys. It has been good to get this process back up and running, and a number of surveys are now scheduled to take place, with others in the earlier stages of progress.

Please note that the deadline for new TRICS SAM survey commissions for the Spring window is noon on Monday 17th May 2021. After this date, any new surveys will need to be added to the Autumn 2021 window which commences in September when the school Summer holidays end. The TRICS team have been working hard to accommodate client requests for commissioned surveys in what is a more compact Spring window, but we have to allow reasonable lead time for our TRICS-approved data collection contractors, especially for more complex and resource-intensive survey sites.

All SAM survey clients should also be aware that any new surveys added to our current list prior to the 17th of May deadline will need to move swiftly through all stages, including the signing of survey agreements and the authorisation of surveys (including the raising of purchase orders) once our quotes have been provided, to ensure that the surveys can take place in the remaining timeframe of the Spring window. Any significant delays through the process will mean that it is likely that surveys will need to be moved to the Autumn 2021 window or removed from our records.

We look forward to continuing to work with all of our TRICS SAM survey clients through the year.

23rd March 2021

TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to inform all organisations involved in the commissioning and undertaking of TRICS surveys, as well as all TRICS users, that TRICS site visits and surveys will resume from 12th April 2021.

This is subject to the partial lifting of lockdown restrictions in England (the opening of non-essential shops) taking place on that date, which reduces the level of restrictions down to beneath our threshold for the suspension of TRICS survey programmes.

Although we continue to monitor the situation closely and our plan is subject to change whenever necessary, our current plan is to raise new agreements for the SAM surveys we currently have on our books (plus any new surveys that are added in the interim period) on 1st April 2021. The agreements would then be forwarded to our SAM clients for signing, with site visits then arranged on a first come first served basis (meaning the receipt of signed copies of the agreements being received).

This gives us a good opportunity to fit some SAM surveys into the Spring survey window that runs until the end of June. As per our February statement, I cannot guarantee that any survey will be undertaken during the Spring window. It is important to note that it will be essential to receive a quick turnaround in terms of the signing of survey agreements and the authorisation to proceed with surveys once quotes have been supplied, with any significant delays meaning that surveys would need to be moved into the Autumn window.

Our plan also allows for the first surveys in our regular regional data collection programme commencing in the second half of April, and work is underway to achieve this. With regards to surveys outside of England we will make comparative assessments on a regional basis moving forwards. We remain on track to deliver a full regional programme of traffic and multi-modal surveys in 2021, and the team are ready to get to work and deliver this for our users.

Once again, we would like to thank everyone in the TRICS Community for their support and understanding through these turbulent times. Our goal is to provide you with great quality data covering a wide range of regions and development types throughout 2021, and we certainly look forward to achieving this.

3rd March 2021

TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to confirm that the 2021 TRICS User Meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at BMA House in London.

This is the venue that was originally booked for the 2020 event that did not end up taking place, but this week we have secured our booking for September and we really look forward to meeting with the TRICS Community again. Please put this date in your calendars and further details will follow in due course.

In terms of booking arrangements our on-line system is scheduled to go live in June. This allows us plenty of time to monitor the situation in the UK and to put together our programme of presentations and interactive sessions (for which we already have plenty of ideas shortlisted). Our booking as it stands is without social distancing, so we really do hope we can return to a “normal” User Meeting this year after what would have been a gap of over two years, with around 100 attendees from across the UK and Ireland. However, should a form of social distancing be required the venue can adapt accordingly. That would mean a reduced capacity, so it is good that we are able to wait until June before we can have better information on what the situation is likely to be.

As usual for this event, in addition to the presentations in the main room there will be a split session in the afternoon, with a full system demonstration of TRICS taking place alongside an open interactive discussion forum, so this means the event will be good for both new and experienced TRICS users alike. We are also pleased to confirm that places at the event will be free to our users (one from each registered licence holding office), on a first come first served basis. Also please note that due to the User Meeting taking place in September this year there will be no TRICS Training & Development Forum taking place in November. However, we fully intend to revert back to our usual June User Meetings and our November Training & Development Forums from 2022.

All of the team here at TRICS look forward to resuming our popular events once again and to meeting our users at what is always an informal yet productive get together that always brings great feedback and new ideas to our projects.

22nd February 2021

TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to announce the publication of our Guidance Note on the Practical Implementation of the Decide and Provide Approach for future development planning, which is freely downloadable from our website at http://www.trics.org/decideandprovideguidance.html.

Decide and ProvideThis document is the result of a broad and thorough collaborative effort from different planning perspectives, including members of the TRICS team, local highway authorities, the academic profession, the Department of Transport and independent consultants. Now, more than ever, we need to reassess approaches to transport and development planning, and the collaboration behind this project has allowed us to present the idea of the new Decide and Provide approach, whilst also providing strong evidence, using the wealth of historic survey data within TRICS, of trip generation trends over time, which themselves illustrate that the principles behind this new approach are grounded in hard data. It has become clear from our analyses that there has been a reduction in vehicular trip generation over time for key land uses, and that we should adapt the TRICS system and introduce new elements into its analytical features to allow a new type of trend interrogation of the database, whilst keeping TRICS a vital and integral part of assessing future trip generation estimates.

For over 30 years TRICS has been instrumental in our planning processes, and as an organisation we are very pleased to be playing our own important role, along with our collaborative partners, in addressing one of the most important questions in transport and development planning today. The work that has been undertaken has shown that TRICS will continue to be a fundamental element of the new Decide and Provide approach. We have always been an organisation that can adapt and evolve over time and participate in addressing important issues with the experience of our team in trip generation analysis, data collection programmes, system development and research, and forward thinking. We are ready and willing to make the necessary changes and to show our users how TRICS could be used alongside the new Decide and Provide approach, providing essential guidance which has started with the publication of this document. We need to make it clear that publication of this document should be regarded as the first stage of this journey. There is plenty more work to do, and we look forward to more of our users and other organisations coming on board to join our growing collaboration towards a new future for development planning that aims to face the industry’s (and the nation’s) challenges head on with positive solutions.

There will be a great need for a new environmental approach as we emerge from the pandemic, especially when it comes to the decarbonisation of transport. We live in an uncertain world, and the question of uncertainty can clearly be extended to transportation and the future of development planning. The new Decide and Provide approach embraces that uncertainty, and offers a clear and distinct method for how the practices of our industry should and can change, and TRICS intends to be leading the way in terms of providing practical and solid survey data analysis solutions. Through an extended period of discussion, data analysis and application of ideas that are firmly rooted in the challenges that lay ahead, we can all implement a new forward-thinking approach to development planning and Transport Assessments fit for the 21st Century.

We look forward to receiving your much welcomed feedback and to working with you all in making these changes happen.

26th February 2021

TRICS Consortium Limited invites all of its user organisations to participate in our annual TRICS User Survey, which is now live. To access the survey, which should only take a short time, please go to the following link.

 

As users of TRICS, your opinions are always of great value to us. We don’t see our survey as a marketing exercise – you can have your direct say in the future of TRICS, its data collection programme, system development and associated projects. It is a very important time for us here at TRICS, as we make preparations for a major system re-write, TRICS 8. As we come out of lockdown we want to hit the ground running with new projects, a dull regional survey programme and system development and enhancement, and we have always valued your feedback, which we are asking for once again to ensure that the ongoing development of TRICS is truly interactive.

Over the years, many ideas in response to our user surveys have become actual system improvements, and we want this to continue. We aim to ensure that the whole experience of using TRICS is hassle-free, with an intuitive and user-friendly system that makes your job easier. The best way to do this is through direct engagement with our TRICS Community, consisting of over 360 organisations across all parts of the UK, Ireland and now in Australia and New Zealand. It is this truly inclusive and interactive way that has seen the system evolve over three decades, and will see it continue to improve and develop through years to come. So please get involved and have your say in the future of TRICS today.

This year we are undertaking our survey in two parts. The first is through this direct link to the online survey dealing with the technical and data collection elements of the system, and the second covers your views on TRICS Consortium Limited and the general user-friendliness of TRICS, which is being undertaken by direct phone communication (one of our team will be in touch directly with users to ask a few questions that will only take around 5 minutes of your time).

You will see that the final question in the online survey invites users to suggest questions to be considered for inclusion in an open forum session at this year’s annual 25th TRICS User Meeting, which is taking place on 28th September. We look forward to seeing what questions the TRICS Community would like to see raised for discussion, and these can cover anything associated with the TRICS project, so please feel free to contribute to this.

We look forward to receiving your comments and ideas. Thank you for your time, it is as always greatly appreciated by everyone here at TRICS.