CPT877: Transport and the City

School Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department Code GEOPL
Module Code CPT877
External Subject Code K460
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Li Yu
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed

Individual Report

50% contribution

2,000 words


Individual Report

50% contribution

2,000 words


The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered in short interactive sessions and day visits

Outline Description of Module

This module introduces to students transport systems. It addresses schemes and policies implemented in these cities for promoting sustainable transport including walking, cycling and public transport. It focuses on the ingredients and challenges of different transport systems and the institutional and political barriers that transport policies may face.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the processes involved in transport policy-making in cities with different characteristics;

  2. understand the procedures for the formal approval of master plans for specific sites and their environments;

  3. appreciate the ingredients and challenges of different transport systems;

  4. understand the institutional and political barriers that transport policies may face;

  5. appreciate the environmental, economic and human-related consequences of transport.


Skills that will be practised and developed

  1. write clear and concise reports, reflecting the most important points of the site visits.
  2. be able to ask interesting questions and challenge speakers.
  3. read local, regional and/or national government reports and relate them to the presentations and site visits, critically discussing discrepancies and similarities.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Report 50 Report 1 N/A 1 N/A
Report 50 Report 2 N/A 1 N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

  • World Cities Best Practices: Innovations in Transportation, October 2008, New York City Planning Department
  • World Cities Research: final report on world cities, March 2005, CfIT
  • Cervero, R (1998) The transit metropolis: a global inquiry. Island Press: Washington DC.
  • Santos, G., Behrendt, H. and A. Teytelboym (2010), ‘Policy Instruments for Sustainable Road Transport’, Research in Transportation Economics, Vol. 28, N°1, pp. 46-91.
  • Hrelja, R. (2015), ‘Integrating transport and land-use planning? How steering cultures in local authorities affect implementation of integrated public transport and land-use planning’, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 74, pp. 1-13.

Background Reading and Resource List

In addition students are encouraged to read and assess local transport plans and other government documents relating to the cities they visit.

Syllabus content

Transport policy design. The politics of transport policy. Designing a sustainable transport system in a town or city. Public transport and active travel in cities: the role of local authorities. Setting objectives and ambitions for transport in the city. Links between land-use and transport planning.

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