Lucy Dean and Alex O'Byrne at TPM

Volterra’s Lucy Dean and Alex O’Byrne present at Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting


Lucy Dean and Alex O’Byrne were recently invited to speak at the 15th Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting (TPM) in Nottingham. TPM is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, highway engineers and urban transport designers. Practitioners, policy makers and academics are invited to present topical papers over the two days.

Lucy’s presentation ‘What might the future of transport look like?’, was an insight into the implications of future transport changes for economic development. Acknowledging the difficulty of predicting the future, Lucy gave examples of two potential new transport technologies: Autonomous Vehicles and Hyperloop.

Alex presented his paper, ‘Economics and Cycling’, which looked at current methods to appraising cycling schemes. He argued that whilst it is easy to value the costs associated with cycling, the methods for valuing the benefits are less well established. Alex discussed current appraisal methodologies, the issues with appraisal and the need to develop these to ensure that cycling projects are assessed consistently with other modes.

For further information, and to access copies of both papers (available to those who attended only) visit the TPM website.

Images courtesy of Kitty Wheeler Shaw Photography

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Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.