Transport planner

Transport planners manage road, rail and air transport networks at local, regional and national level.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 4% more Transport planner jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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
  • analysing and interpreting data from transport studies
  • forecasting the impact of new developments like shopping centres
  • looking at schemes to manage traffic, like congestion charging or parking controls
  • studying accident 'black spots' to design road safety improvements
  • writing reports for funding bids and planning authorities
  • acting as an expert witness during public enquiries

You’ll also encourage people to use their cars less and walk, cycle or use public transport. 


You can do a degree and then join an organisation as a trainee transport planner. Most subjects are accepted though you may have an advantage if you study:

  • geography
  • civil engineering
  • economics
  • town planning
  • environmental science
  • business studies

Many graduates go on to do a postgraduate qualification in transport planning approved by the Transport Planning Society.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course


You can start by doing a transport planning technician advanced apprenticeship, then move on to a transport planner degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Other Routes

You could start as a transport planning assistant if you have an HNC or HND in a similar subject area, or relevant work experience.

£22,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £22,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000

You may earn more working as a freelance consultant.

These figures are a guide.


You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. 

You may have extra duties in the evenings or at weekends.

You’ll be based in an office, but you’ll spend some time visiting sites and attending planning meetings.

With experience, you could become a senior transport planner or traffic engineer.

You could also move into town planning, policy development, or consultancy.

You could join the Transport Planning Society or The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation for professional development and training opportunities.

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) has more information on becoming a transport planner.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • a creative approach to problem solving
  • project management skills
  • report writing and presentation skills
  • excellent communication and negotiation skills
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