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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 7150 directional transport surveys at over 110 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
Nick Rabbets (Managing Director)
020 3657 2184/ 07500 043 360

Ian Coles  (Project Manager)
020 3657 2185/  07799 778 878
Owen Edwards (Assistant Manager)
020 3657 2187/ 07765 383 630

Siddika Begum  (Operations Officer)
020 3657 2186
Harry Summerfield (Technical Officer)
020 3927 8488/ 07826 180 609

Tracey Spencer  (Operations Officer)
020 3657 2188

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 here 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

Land use classifications

The TRICS® database contains over 7150 individual transport surveys at a wide range of over 110 development types. Here is a summary of the number of survey days currently available by development sub-category.

01 Retail
ARetailFood superstore315315720
BRetailCash & carry - wholesale & clubs242448
CRetailDiscount food stores676772
DRetailDIY superstore - with garden centre5252116
ERetailDIY superstore - without garden centre4545114
FRetailMotorist DIY141423
GRetailOther individual non-food superstore525286
HRetailGarden centre424280
IRetailShopping centre - local shops7030669
JRetailRetail park - including food6519193
KRetailRetail park - excluding food106422241
LRetailBuilder's merchants151520
MRetailMixed shopping malls203630
NRetailFactory outlet centres101017
ORetailConvenience Store444432
PRetailFactory Shop559

02 Employment
BBusiness park82213127
CIndustrial unit565656
DIndustrial estate162272251
EWarehousing (self storage)212121
FWarehousing (commercial)696981
GParcel distribution centres232324

03 Residential
AHouses privately owned283283537
BAffordable/local authority houses333351
CFlats privately owned9999108
DAffordable/local authority flats616161
EInstitutional hostels101010
FSheltered accommodation363670
GStudent accommodation262640
HNurses home333
JHoliday accommodation363662
KMixed Private Housing666691
LMixed Affordable Housing242431
MMixed Private/Affordable Housing7575108
NRetirement Flats181818
04 Education
EResidential school101010
FCommunity education171717
05 Health
AGeneral hospital - with casualty5759100
BGeneral hospital - without casualty282835
CSpecial (e.g. Neurological)232323
DPrivate hospital282835
FCare home (elderly residential)424249
GGP surgery555659
ITeaching Hospital777
JDental Surgery202020
KNHS Walk-In Centre555
LCare home (specific condition)101010
MVeterinary Surgery666

06 Hotel, Food & Drink
DFast food - drive through383848
ERoad-side food (e.g. Little chef)242444
FMotorway service area (res./pfs/mot182231
GTake-away shop (e.g. Fish bars etc)161616
HPub/Restaurant + hotel363650
IPublic House (Without Restaurant)161616
07 Leisure
AMultiplex cinema232343
BBowling alley232332
CLeisure Centre108108173
FIce rink141422
GTennis club151521
HBingo hall212129
IArt gallerry/museum/exhibition262631
JEquestrian centre9912
KFitness Club (private)303038
LFootball (5-a-side)131319
MCountry park262673
OLeisure park2310030
PWatersports centre7715
QCommunity Centre171717
SExhibition Centre131313
TPlace Of Worship181818
UPlay Centre131316

08 Marinas
09 Golf
APrivate 9 hole course181843
BPrivate 18 hole course5151104
CPrivate > 18 hole course222230
DMunicipal 9 hole course131318
EMunicipal 18 hole course171725
FMunicipal > 18 hole course559
GDriving range131322
H3-par course557

10 Tourist attractions
ATourist attraction9696171
11 Car Boot Sales
ACar boot sale373739

12 Civic Amenity Sites
ACivic amenity site8282188

13 Petrol Filling Stations
APetrol filling station9696159
BPFS - with retail7980101

14 Car Showrooms
ACar show room828398

15 Vehicle Services
AVehicle Repair Garage (slow fit)181818
BMotorist Centre (Fast Fit)505060
CCar Hire Centre141414
DCar Wash666

16 Mixed
BMixed use78248106
CFarm diversification407283