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The system that challenges and validates assumptions about the transport impacts of new developments.
It is the UK and Ireland’s national system of trip generation analysis, containing over
directional transport surveys at over
types of development. TRICS® was founded and is owned by 6 County Councils in the south of England, collectively the TRICS® Consortium. However, its annual collection programme covers the whole of the UK and Ireland, across 17 defined regions.
This is reflected in the national spread of member organisations across each of these regions, which we know as the TRICS® Community.
This is the website for that community, as well as being a resource for anyone interested in the field of trip generation analysis. Please have a look around – we look forward to receiving your feedback.
On behalf of TRICS® Consortium Ltd, I would like to welcome you to the home of the TRICS® Community.
TRICS® is the national system of trip generation analysis for the UK and Ireland, an essential method of measuring the likely transport generated by new developments. I am pleased to be part of the management group that delivers this integral and established feature of the transport planning and development management process.
2015 sees a milestone in the TRICS® journey. On 1st January 2015 the project was for the first time run by its own company. The creation of this new company will enable the current system to be promoted in foreign countries and will also enable the team to develop some new and exciting products to serve the Transportation Industry. Both these areas of work will enable increased development of our current system and help to improve and expand our data collection programme; all to the benefit of our current members and the wider transport planning industry.
From the outset in 1989, we determined that the users should have an ongoing and direct input into how the project was to be developed, and this unique working relationship with the TRICS® Community has culminated in many upgrades and re-writes over the years, with major milestones being the development of a version of TRICS® for Windows, the introduction of the live system on the web, and, more recently, the major upgrade of the user interface that is TRICS® 7.
Meet the team
User training & demonstrations
The sessions consist of a full system demonstration, in which all parts of the system are covered. This lasts approximately one hour, and is then followed by an optional "hands-on" session where attendees can practice using the latest version of the TRICS® software with specially-designed "test sheets". This is designed to introduce new users to the system.
Each demonstration/training session costs £500 + VAT, and is free of charge to TRICS® member universities. Organisations hosting sessions are asked to provide a computer and projector for the demonstration part of the session, and also to provide the computer facilities for the training part of the session. Non-member organisations will be provided with temporary access to the TRICS® system for the purposes of the session.
One month free trial
A free trial of TRICS® will allow you to view the system's features and the ever-expanding database of transport surveys which TRICS® offers. It is ideal for those interested in purchasing a software licence, allowing them to evaluate the system in full before committing to membership. The only restriction during the trial period is that you cannot use TRICS® for commercial purposes, with the trial being for evaluation purposes only. So why not try the system out before you become a member?
Many new members of the TRICS® Community originally took up this offer, which provides trialists with full use of the latest version of the system, along with unlimited user support. The TRICS® Team can set up your free trial today, it's quick and it's easy - contact us to request your free trial
SAM has been developed by TRICS® as a system of monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of travel plans. It uses long established TRICS® methods of multi-modal data collection enhanced with comprehensive information on travel plan details to produce robust travel plan survey results. Click
for more information.
TRICS office is closing over the festive
period, for the purposes of moving from
5pm on 22 December 2015 to 9am on
5 January 2016.
Our new address as of 5th January 2016 will be as follows:
TRICS Consortium Limited, Office 205, 2 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9DX
Our new numbers as of 5th January 2016 will be:
02036572184 - Nick
02036572185 - Ian
02036572186 - Siddika
02036572187 - Owen
supply and commission of TRICS® data
how to use TRICS®
TRICS Good Practice Guide
analysis of individual sites
trip rate calculations
land use classifications
how to join
growth in members
database site lists
site lists by land use
latest research reports
full list of research publications
London Cycling Campaign
Campaign for Better Transport
Energy Saving Trust
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHIE)
Chartered Institute of Highway & Transportation (CIHT)
Greater London Authority
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Transport Planning Society
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Car Clubs and Car Sharing
WhizzGo - pay-by-the-hour cars
Trips Database Bureau (International collaboration)
Welcome from Managing Director
meet the team
standard assessment methodology
Analysis of individual sites
Each site within the TRICS® database contains comprehensive information on its location and surroundings, its facilities and operations, its on-site and off-site parking availability, and an hourly directional transport count covering a variety of vehicle types and modes.
This section contains information on the location of a site, its local environment and surroundings, and levels of local public transport provision. A site falls within a main and sub location type, with its address, postcode and latitude/longitude displayed to give its exact location. Information on population ranges is also available, as are sub-sections on public transport accessibility, design features of the site that encourage non-car modes of transport, an accessibility section showing distances to local amenities, and Census information. Many sites are accompanied by a digital photograph.
This section describes the nature, facilities, and operations of the site itself, and varies by development type. Where applicable, the size of the site, its operating hours, information on employees and a variety of other development features are specified. For residential sites, information on dwelling and ownership types is given, and for other types of development a number of different site-specific data items are displayed.
This section displays information on both on-site and off-site parking availability. For on-site parking, the total number of parking spaces at the site are broken down into different categories, and for off-site parking information is given on local availability, restrictions, and fees.
Survey day details
This section is where the actual count data, by mode type, is displayed. All TRICS® counts are displayed as arrivals, departures and totals by time period, with an analysis of modal split available for multi-modal surveys. Information on the day and date of the survey is also provided, along with other valuable information such as weather conditions and car parking accumulation throughout the survey duration.
Travel Plan details
This section is available for sites that have been surveyed as part of the Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) process. Comprehensive information on travel plan targets and elements are displayed across a number of sub-screens (for example "Financial Incentives", "Public Transport", "Cycling Measures", etc), providing information (where available) on implementation dates and costs.
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TRICS is marketed and managed by TRICS Consortium Limited, Office 205, 2 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9DX