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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
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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
How to use TRICS®
TRICS® is an interactive database and data analysis system comprising a large number of transport survey records of individual developments across a wide range of land use categories.
Individual TRICS® site records are the most comprehensive and robust of any trip rate information database, containing details of a site’s local environment and surroundings, information on the site’s structure and operations, information on parking provision, and uninterrupted hourly arrival and departure transport data.
TRICS® can also analyse individual or selected sets of survey counts to produce trip rate information based on user-defined development scenarios. Users can fine-tune whole land use categories (superstores, offices, schools, residential developments, a total of
separate categories), so that a final selected data set is shortlisted, based on a wide range of compatibility requirements. If an organisation wishes to calculate potential traffic and transport generation for a future development, then it is TRICS® that is used to do this. The system has a lot of data within it, and is very flexible, allowing users to undertake a wide range of database filtering. The system is designed to take users through progressive stages of data filtering, starting off with the full database for a whole development type until all of the compatibility requirements have been met, with users ending up with a smaller, compatible dataset ready for trip rate calculation. The result is a range of trip generation rates that provide an estimate of the likely activity at a development, which can then be used in a Transport Assessment.
Also, individual trip rates for a given time period for a number of surveys can be calculated and ranked, displaying worse and best case scenarios. Accompanying graphs can provide users with visual representations of peak activity and visual relationships between trip rate calculation parameters and trips.
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TRICS is marketed and managed by TRICS Consortium Limited, Office 205, 2 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9DX
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