Transport Planner

Transport Planner

Become a Transport Planner

You’ll look at the impact of large and small scale transport issues on the public. This could be a village bypass proposal or road safety measures outside a school. You’ll plan and advise on transport policies for new systems and on improvements to existing ones.
Your day-to-day duties could include simulating transport problems using computer models to work out solutions, forecasting the impact of new developments like shopping centres, looking at schemes to manage traffic, like congestion charging or parking controls and studying accident 'blackspots' to design road safety improvements. You’ll also encourage people to use their cars less and walk, cycle or use public transport. 

  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • Project management skills
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills

There are a number of ways you can become a Transport Planner, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Transport Planning.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Transport Planning or relevant subject.


Starting salaries are usually between £20,000 and £25,000.

With experience this could rise to £40,000.

Senior or principal transport planners can earn around £35,000 to £60,000.

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