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Accessibility Planning

Transport plays a key role in providing people with access to vital services and employment and leisure opportunities. ITP's work on accessibility analysis and planning dates back to the company's formation and can feed into accessibility strategies for public sector clients in support of their Local Transport Plans.  We also work for the private sector to assess and demonstrate accessible locations for development.

We use accessibility modelling software (including DfT’s Accession model) along with GIS tools to prepare sophisticated and detailed accessibility analyses.  These cover a range of travel modes and can present pictures of accessibility for different community segments (for example, low earners or deprived areas).  We can combine these with user and stakeholder interviews to provide comprehensive accessibility assessments, and then prepare appropriate plans and projects to address community accessibility needs.



  • Analysis of accessibility profiles
  • Development of accessibility action plans
  • Identification of best locations for future development
  • Examination of the impact of transport improvements
  • Development and testing of accessibility strategies
  • Supporting local authorities in development of LTP accessibility plans


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Project Examples

Bracknell Forest accessibility analyses - ITP has undertaken accessibility analyses on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council on a number of occasions to help develop and monitor its Local Transport Plan.  This has involved using the Accession accessibility software to produce accessibility maps for a number of key destinations including health care facilities, education, employment, fresh food, leisure and services for older people.  We were also appointed by Bracknell Forest Council to analyse accessibility of their residents to the nearest acute care hospital, Wexham Park, broken down by hour of the day to fully represent accessibility based on different potential appointment times.

Accessibility planning guidance development - ITP was commissioned to assist Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) in the development of planning guidance on the level of transport and travel planning contributions required from developers based on accessibility levels. The intention was that the planning guidance would be adopted by each of the district councils and contained within their LDF, but would also form part of GCC’s LTP3 and Development Co-ordination Design Guide. The project included best practice research from around England, identifying and testing accessibility criteria based on a zonal approach, confirming the methodology and legal framework, and preparing the final guidance.  

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead accessibility indicator analysis - ITP has undertaken annual accessibility performance monitoring on behalf of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council.  We have used Accession to produce accessibility maps to key destinations, and then evaluated the sustainability of the locations of new developments that fell either within or outside the set accessibility isochrones.

Greater Norwich new settlement study – Working in partnership with DLA, Mott MacDonald and DTZ, ITP was commissioned to undertake a new settlement study for the Greater Norwich area post 2026.  ITP provided the transport analysis to help identify and evaluate potential locations for future settlements, examining the integration of potential locations with the 2026 transport network, performing accessibility analyses for identified potential locations and providing journey to work census data analysis to present an indication of journey patterns within the area.

Worcestershire Primary Care Trust pandemic flu accessibility planning - ITP was appointed by Worcestershire Primary Care Trust to undertake a pioneering accessibility assessment to inform the development of a countywide pandemic flu strategy.  The study modelled the accessibility profiles for a number of potential sites, and then undertook a combination assessment which determined the optimum combination of pandemic flu service centres to treat the maximum percentage of the population.

Malvern Community Hospital accessibility analysis – We were commissioned by Worcestershire Primary Care Trust to examine the accessibility for patients and visitors of alternative sites for the community hospital in Malvern.  This involved accessibility modelling combined with GIS analysis in order to assess the numbers and demographic characteristics of people who could access the locations by different transport modes within certain time bands.  This was followed by a full transport assessment and travel plan for the preferred site, which was subsequently successfully taken through the planning system.

Maidenhead development site accessibility investigation - ITP was commissioned by a developer to investigate the accessibility of a proposed residential development in Maidenhead, and to subsequently agree the required parking standard with the local planning authority.  The work involved gathering, analysing and presenting evidence on the level of accessibility to the site, as defined by its location and distance from the railway station and public transport services.  ITP successfully argued that the site should be considered as having "reasonable" accessibility, lying between the predefined "good" and "poor" levels, and therefore that a parking standard between the two levels set out in the guidelines would be appropriate.