TRICS Consortium Limited (TRICS) is responding to the fact that the world is experiencing significant change in relation to social, technological, economic and environmental drivers which in turn is creating new dynamics in travel behaviour and challenges for transport planning. In the face of deep uncertainty, the “predict and provide” paradigm that has framed transport planning processes is to give way to “decide and provide” paradigm – decide on the preferred future and provide the means to work towards that which can accommodate uncertainty.
It is fundamental that TRICS, as a spatial planning tool, provides direction to support the “decide and provide” approach and managing uncertainty in forecasting and trip generation analysis.
TRICS is therefore seeking to gather together the evidence of change and consider in what ways the use of TRICS may be developed to consider the impact of changes in travel behaviour.
BasfordPowers (BP) in conjunction with ITS Leeds (Professor Greg Marsden) and UWE (Professor Glenn Lyons) has been commissioned to produce a TRICS Guidance Note concerning Change in Travel Behaviour.
It is proposed that this Guidance Note informs TRICS users of the changes in travel behaviour and discusses the implications of travel trends for TRICS users. Further research maybe required to understand the implications of the evidence concerning trip rate reductions which have been cited in the All Change Commission on Travel Demand report on the use of TRICS data and analysis. Future traffic forecasts included in the Department for Transport Road Traffic Forecasts 18 will also have implications for the use of TRICS which also needs to be understood.
The report is now available and can be downloaded from HERE.
Section 5 of this report contains Ten Key Questions for TRICS Users. We have created an on-line survey for our users to participate in, where you can provide your views if you would like to assist in the further development of a “Decide and Provide” approach to transport planning. The survey asks users to answer these ten questions, and there is also the opportunity to provide your additional comments at the end. The link to this survey is HERE. As always, TRICS Consortium Limited greatly appreciates the views of its user community, so it would be greatly appreciated if you would consider taking part in this consultation exercise.