PJA to assist development of Local Authority Walking and Cycling Plans

Phil Jones Associates has been appointed in a consortium with WSP and Mott Macdonald to support the development of the first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) by Authorities across England. 


A team of project managers will lead support to 35 local authorities that have been awarded assistance by DfT. Phil Jones Associates is also providing a team of nationally well-known experts in transport planning, infrastructure design, road safety and public health who will be able to provide additional specialist inputs and capture good practice.

The development and creation of LCWIPs is an important part of the Government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which aims to increase cycling and walking by making them the natural choices for shorter journeys or part of a longer journey.

The team will be working with a range of unitary, county and combined authorities to develop LCWIPs that cover different scales and address many different transport challenges. 

The WSP/PJA/Mott MacDonald team has been appointed to the project by DfT following their previous work producing the LCWIP guidance and involvement in Highways England's Cycling, Safety and Integration programme. 


Tom Millard - Master's degree and award

Yesterday, Tom Millard was awarded a Master's degree with Distinction in Transport Economics, from the University of Leeds. Tom studied the course part time over two years, alongside working full time for PJA. The varied programme comprised modules covering all key areas of the discipline including economic appraisal, pricing techniques, economic regulation and econometrics. 



Tom was also awarded the “Arup Transport Studies Prize” for the best dissertation, receiving a mark of 82. The research, titled “What is the impact of urban realm improvements on residential property prices in London?” employs a hedonic regression of the housing market to estimate implicit values for indicators of urban realm quality and accessibility.   

Tom collecting best dissertation prize, pictured with Dr Anthony Whiteing, Institute for Transport Studies Deputy Director of Student Education (left) and Professor Richard Batley, Director of the Institute for Transport Studies (right).


Our South West teams are moving on up …

Our teams in the South West are relocating to bigger offices as demand grows for their transport planning, traffic engineering and placemaking services – with more new jobs set to be created.

The five-strong team in our Bristol office is moving to the stunning Grade ll listed Brew House on Jacob Street, in modern loft-style workspace catering for up to 12 people. Our Exeter team is relocating to the prestigious Dean Clarke House in Southernhay East – which also has room for expansion.


The offices are working on a number of exciting, high profile projects including the redevelopment of Filton Airfield in South Gloucestershire, relocation of Swindon bus station and a public realm scheme on Royal Parade in Cheltenham. Public and private sector clients include YTL Developments (UK), St. Modwen, Barratt Homes,  Eagle One, Torbay Development Agency and Exeter College.

The teams' work is also spreading further afield to the home counties, with the delivery of town centre strategies in Hertfordshire, Essex, and Buckinghamshire, as well as projects in some London boroughs.

The South West region is led by Jon Tricker, Hannah Shrimpton and Matt McFeat. Jon said: “Our business in the region is flourishing and staff numbers are growing – with more people set to be taken on in the coming months. The new offices provide a modern environment and room for further growth. Our success is thanks to our hard working team and strong relationships with our clients. Here's to even more success in our new homes.”

South West focus: Regeneration of Filton Airfield, Bristol

This transformative project in South Gloucestershire will deliver 2,675 homes, as well as office and industrial workplaces for 9,000 people on the historic airfield site. The 142 hectare development will also provide new town and local centres, primary and secondary schools, a new railway station, strategic cycle infrastructure, an extension to the West of England MetroBus network and a destination park. The site lies at the heart of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood allocation, which will provide around 5,000 new homes, one of the biggest regeneration projects in the area for over a decade.

We worked closely with the masterplan team, which was led by Allies and Morrison, and included Grant Associates (landscape architects) and Peter Brett Associates (engineering), to shape the movement strategy and develop street design concepts for the site that focused on provision for active travel.

Having acquired the site in 2015, YTL Developments (UK) achieved consent for the outline planning application in October..

Image credit: Grant Associates


Image credit: Allies and Morrison

In addition to our work on the masterplan, we provided transport planning advice and prepared the transport assessment, framework travel plan and the Design and Access Statement transport chapter as part of the planning submission We continue to work with the design team to develop design codes for the initial phases of development.

Jon Tricker said: “We are very excited to be supporting YTL Developments (UK) on their first major development in the UK, with its strong focus on placemaking, the delivery of high quality public realm and sustainable transport. In developing the sites' movement network we have drawn on best practice and emerging concepts, to reflect the clients aspiration for a distinctive and innovative development.”

Filton and the former airfield are famous for aeronautical history, including the design and construction of iconic aircraft since before the First World War through to the present day - the most famous of which being the supersonic Concorde which was developed and manufactured here in the 1960s and 1970s.

Planning permission for new employment site in Worcester

PJA are pleased to confirm that plans for over 200,000sqft of employment at Parsonage Way in Worcester was given approval at planning committee. The scheme by Warndon Six Ltd, for a mix of B1, B2 and B8 uses was awarded a resolution to grant, subject to the S106.

PJA and PJA Engineering both provided input into the planning application, including transport planning, highways design and drainage design. 


PJA part of successful appeal in Oldham

PJA are delighted to announce Rainier Development's successful appeal for a residential scheme in Oldham. PJA's development planning team provided highways advice throughout the application and appeal, including the production of the Statement of Case and appearing as an expert witness at the hearing.

Congratulations to our client, Rainier Developments. 


Planning permission for new homes in Staffordshire

PJA are delighted that St. Modwen Homes' plans for 120 dwellings at Blythe Bridge in Staffordshire was given the green light last week. The scheme forms Phase 1 of a residential masterplan, bringing new homes to the area.


PJA's Birmingham based development planning team combined with PJA Engineering to provide transport planning, civils, drainage and geotechnical engineering advice throughout the planning application process.

Congratulations to our client, St. Modwen Homes. 


On Tuesday evening, a combined Phil Jones Associates, PJA Engineering and Multimodal team emerged as tournament winners in Intelligent Data Collection's inaugural five-a-side football charity tournament at Powerleague in Birmingham.


With a record of five wins and one draw, the seven-strong squad topped the league of seven teams which also included Atkins, Amey, Mott MacDonald, Mode, Peter Brett Associates and Intelligent Data.

The first game, a physical battle against Intelligent Data, ended in a 5-3 victory for PJA followed by a more tactical 2-1 win over Motts to build up the initial momentum. A thrilling 4-4 draw against Atkins saw both teams score late goals to throw the title race open.

However, the PJA team regrouped with a 3-2 win with over Amey and a 6-3 victory over Mode to set up a finale finish. With a win needed to secure the victory, PBA were the opposition looking to spoil the party. After a tense start, a 4-2 victory saw the PJA/Multimodal team over the line to claim top spot and the victory spoils!

Well done to all involved for a top effort, the first sporting trophy for the respective companies, and for helping to raise (currently) £1,600 for the Trussell Trust Charity.

Thanks go to Intelligent Data for hosting the event.

PJA visit the Highways England West Midland Regional Control Centre

Several members of the PJA Transport Planning team attended a CIHT event this week held at the Highways England West Midland Regional Control Centre in Quinton, Birmingham. 


The event, hosted by Highways England Emergency Planning Officer Frank Bird, consisted of an engaging presentation and tour of the facilities. This gave the PJA team an insightful experience into the day to day running of the West Midlands smart motorway network and witness how incidents are responded to.  This event was just one of a programme of both internal and external CPD events which staff are encouraged to attend.

Adrian Lord - Seoul Bicycle Forum

Adrian Lord was one of the invited international guest speakers at the Seoul Bicycle Forum, alongside speakers from the European Cyclists Federation, the USA, Canada and Taiwan as well as academics and government officials from South Korea. 


Adrian presented a talk on the evolution of cycling infrastructure and policy in London over the last 25 years, from the route maps produced by London Cycling Campaign in the 1980s, the development of the London Cycle Network and the most recent 'game changing' impacts of the London Cycle Hire scheme and the construction of fully segregated Cycle Superhighways. There are surprisingly many parallels with Seoul, which has a historic city core and irregular road patterns that have evolved over time rather than the 'grid' systems associated with many modern cities. Seoul is creating cycle lanes and bus lanes on many streets, and has popular riverside cycle tracks alongside the Han River.  

Adrian also participated in a panel discussion focussing on the changing nature of cycle hire with the emergence of 'dockless' hire bikes in several cities around the world over the past year. These systems have only been on place for months in most cities, and all are facing the same challenges about regulation, insurance and how to prevent the parked bicycles becoming an obstruction in public areas. After the conference, the speakers were taken to a bicycle festival and for a guided ride to historic sites on the city's hire bikes. The event was attended by 300 delegates from around the country.

The city of Seoul has a strong commitment to environmental policies and during the visit delegates were taken to look at the Seoul Jo, a pedestrian street in the sky that was created when a concrete flyover became structurally unsafe for traffic, and the Cheonggycheon Stream, a natural watercourse that has been restored by the removal of a former dual-carriageway road to create a beautiful and peaceful riverside environment in the heart of the city centre.

The main conclusion of the conference was that while each country is different, the challenges of creating safe and attractive space for cycling are the same, and rely on political will, technical expertise and consistent funding.