What is your team responsible for?
We are responsible for delivering the following range of transport planning services across the public and private sector;
- Transport modelling
- Transport assessment and input into development masterplans
- Highway development control
- Transport policy and strategy development
- Business cases and scheme appraisal
- Transport feasibility studies
- Travel planning
- Horse riding, walking and cycling audit and review
Roughly how many people are in the Transport Planning team?
There are currently eight members of the team - seven are based in North Tyneside and one in Edinburgh. The team ranges in skills and experience from manager right through to apprentice and everything in between. We are currently looking to expand the team with a number of vacancies available.
Describe a typical day in for the xxx team
Typically the team are working on around 10 projects at any given time. These range from small technical advice commissions through to larger major transport infrastructure project. A current major scheme we are working on, requires traffic modelling, scheme appraisal and the development of a Treasury Green Book-compliant business case.
What is the proudest moment for your team?
Helping North Tyneside Council to realise over £28m of funding between 2013 and the end of 2017 for critical highway improvements across the borough. We were commissioned by North Tyneside Council to identify schemes for funding through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (Local Growth Fund). All five schemes achieved programme entry - more than any other North East local authority.
However, our success presented a new set of challenges as it meant taking all of the schemes through outline and full business case stages within the funding timescales. The only way we managed to achieve this was have a strong and committed team, with all members of the Transport Planning and Design teams pulling together to deliver. Our hard work provided significant work for both the Infrastructure Design and Construction teams on North Tyneside. We are now recognised regionally for our ability to deliver local major transport schemes. I believe this success has helped us to secure other regionally significant transport schemes outside the borough.
Tell us something that people may not know about the Transport Planning team
In 2017 we advertised for a Transport Planning Apprentice, which was the first apprenticeship of its kind across the whole Capita business. In September 2017, Erin Ruddy joined the team as a young and ambitious 17-year-old. She has proved so far to be a great asset to the team and also the wider North Tyneside Partnership through her role as a health advocate.