26th Annual TRICS User Meeting

TRICS Consortium Limited are very pleased to announce that the 26th annual TRICS User Meeting will be taking place in London on Tuesday 28th November 2023.

The annual User Meeting is once again a free event (one person per member organisation office), and as always we are expecting booking requests to arrive at a fast pace. Therefore, please book your places as soon as possible to avoid any potential disappointment, with places being subject to availability on a first come first served basis. The User Meeting is an ideal forum for both new and experienced users of TRICS, consisting of a series of presentations relating to the TRICS system and its associated projects. It is an excellent opportunity to network with members of the TRICS Community from across the UK and Ireland, and is an event that encourages attendees to provide their own feedback and ideas as to how TRICS should continue to be developed and improved in the future. We have put together a great line up of presentations this year with some excellent speakers, and as per previous events there will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to participate through question and answer sessions and at the optional afternoon open forum (with a full TRICS system demonstration also available as the second option).

Our Event Chair

This year we are very pleased to have a Guest Chair of our event. Karen McShane is the current President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, having been elected in June 2023. Karen has worked within local government and consultancy for over 35 years, and runs her own company based in Belfast, where she is also an industry member of the Legislatives Assembly All Party Group for Construction. She is also involved with numerous other wide-ranging institutions, charities and organisations, and is on the Civil Engineering Industrial Liaison Panel for Ulster University. Karen has been a great contributor to and advocate for TRICS for many years and will be opening our event with her own address.

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This year’s presentations

As with previous years, we have put together a line-up of presentations for the 2023 event that cover a variety of topics associated with TRICS. These presentations are being given in three sessions. The first of these is called Implementing Decide & Provide. At the 2022 event the update on the innovative and forward thinking Decide & Provide approach for Transport Assessments was voted the most popular session of the day, so we are very pleased that it has returned and is taking things to the next level. There will firstly be an introduction and an update on Decide & Provide by Lynn Basford of Basford Powers and Glenn Lyons of the University of the West of England, both of whom participated in last year’s popular panel discussion. Then we will move on to the implementation of Decide & Provide at Oxfordshire County Council. This will be presented by Will Pedley, who this year has received the Transport Planner of the Year award. His presentation will explain how Decide & Provide was adopted and implemented as a major part of policy at the county. This will be followed by Mike O’Dowd Jones of Somerset Council, who will discuss how Decide & Provide is being implemented in land use and transport policy. It is sure to be a very interesting session as it shows how this approach is being taken forwards by local government.

After the mid-morning coffee break the second session of the day is The TRICS Project & Sustainability. This will commence with a general and wide-ranging update on the TRICS project by Owen Edwards, Project Manager at TRICS Consortium Limited. This update will cover system development, TRICS data collection programmes and research ideas. Following this there will be guest speakers, Stewart Bethell of Cambridge University and Greg Callaghan of Stantec, who will give a presentation on sustainable development at the University of Cambridge and why TRICS surveys are part of the development process. This is a wide-scale programme of sustainable development, which has included an initial TRICS survey with plans for future additional surveys covering a wide range of land use types in an area-wide approach.

There will then be a buffet lunch and the opportunity to meet with other members of the TRICS Community from all across the UK and Ireland, before the third session commences, which is called Process & Delivery. This session will be delivered by three members of the TRICS team, and focuses on the commissioned TRICS Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) surveys and associated system development. 2023 has seen a record year of SAM survey commissions, and it is clear that this is a trend that is going to continue. The first presentation will be given by Ian Coles, Project Director at TRICS, who will present a shorter version of a popular presentation that he gave in person and remotely numerous times throughout this year, explaining the TRICS SAM survey commissioning process and its various stages. This will be particularly useful to any organisations that may be getting involved in these commissions, and it seems that the number of organisations that are is going up in the same way as the total number of surveys are. There will then be a presentation given by Owen Edwards, Project Manager at TRICS, who will provide a summary of the TRICS SAM survey project at Wembley Park. This huge multi-use development was surveyed in March 2023, and to do so TRICS, working with our approved data collection contractor, needed to design a bespoke data collection methodology to deliver what is the largest-scale survey that TRICS has ever undertaken. The results will also be presented. The final presentation of this session will be given by Harry Summerfield. This presentation will detail the recently revised and enhanced TRICS Travel Plan Monitoring Report facility, which allows users to produce quick and information-rich reports on SAM sites in the TRICS database along with user-selected key results. A lot of work has gone into this revision in 2023, so TRICS is very pleased that we will have the opportunity to explain what has been done and what opportunities this updated and improved facility presents to the TRICS Community.

Following these three sessions of presentations, there follows the option to attend either a full and interactive TRICS system demonstration in the breakout room, to be given by Harry Summerfield of TRICS, or to attend the TRICS Open Forum in the main auditorium, hosted by the Chair, Ian Coles and a member of the TRICS Board. The system demonstration covers all of the main TRICS features, and is ideal for new users of the system or as a “refresher” for those who may not have used TRICS for a while. The Open Forum is a fluid discussion covering a variety of TRICS topics including future system development and potential research initiatives, with plenty of time for contributions and questions from the floor.

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The Venue

This year we are really pleased to be returning to one of our most popular venues (and there have been many over the years), The Magic Circle in Central London. This is a wonderful and unique historic venue which includes its own museum, with its famous auditorium being used for the presentations, and a separate room hired for the optional TRICS system demonstration. The venue is easily accessible from Euston National Rail and Underground stations, and is also in proximity to bus routes.


12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD

Our Sponsors

We are pleased to welcome our sponsors for this year’s event, who are the following organisations:

Collision Plot is a web-based platform designed to simplify viewing and analysing STATS19 collision data. It contains 10 years-worth of official national data from the DfT and a host of useful tools e.g., the ability to draw areas, search for clusters and export reports. All for just £99 a year.


SchemeFlow is a technology startup which uses artificial intelligence to automate data collection, analysis and report drafting for transport planning reports. We have started with Transport Statements and Transport Assessments and are now developing a range of other reports for transport planners (Travel Plans, Pre-App Technical Notes, Construction Traffic Management Plans, Outline Business Cases etc.). We sell our software as a monthly or annual subscription to transport planning firms in the UK, to allow them to focus as experts on their most important work: creative problem solving and advising their clients.


Transport Planning Associates is a company of consulting transport planners, traffic engineers and infrastructure designers with offices in Bristol, Cambridge, London, Oxford, and Welwyn Garden City. Our core business is to provide consultancy services to private and public sector organisations on the transport infrastructure and services issues arising from the development of land for a variety of uses, and to advise on strategic transport planning, sustainable travel planning, and the design and specification of new and improved transport infrastructure.

We undertake all transport planning, traffic engineering and infrastructure design aspects from initial assessment to the presentation of expert evidence at public inquiry, and to subsequent implementation. For more information CLICK HERE


Alpha Parking offers a wide range of expertise in parking, this includes:

  • Surveys and mystery shopping; our Survey Team are experienced in delivering all types of surveys and carrying out Mystery Shopping exercises on parking operations.
  • TRICS commissioned surveys; one of the major providers of travel plan related data in the UK. We are pleased to be authorised as one of their survey and data collection suppliers for over 8 years.
  • Parking training: we deliver a wide range of training options for Private and Public operations. Our experienced trainers cover a range of topics suitable for all parking job roles. We are the City and Guilds partners and the largest independent supplier in the UK.
  • Parking procurement of all types and sizes; often we will analyse the requirements and draft specifications, if required we can assist in assessment of tenders and implementations.
  • Car park reviews: we will assess the car park and provide recommendations to meet strategic objectives.

At Paul Castle Associates, we specialise in traffic data collection and have over 40 years of experience in delivering high-quality, accurate and transparent information for all our clients. Our traffic surveys are available in various formats, from F2F Interviews, Manual Surveys to Video; we can also incorporate drones if required. Our aerial drones use the latest technology for conducting traffic surveys, and the results are always provided in an easy-to-read format. With tethering options, our drones can be used for more extensive surveys as they can be airborne for long periods of time. Our team consists of highly trained data collection analysts, so using Paul Castle for all your data collection means you are guaranteed the highest level of commitment, along with highly accurate results that are easy to interpret.

If you’re looking for traffic surveys in any area, from road to footfall to public transport, then give our team a call. We also offer interview surveys and provide a team to conduct these for you, saving you time and effort. We’re proud to be sponsoring the annual TRICS User Meeting and hope you find the event insightful.


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MHTC Ltd is a specialist traffic and transport data collection company. Through the years we have developed trusted working relationships with clients and a loyal following from our surveyors.

We were the first external contractor to provide data to TRICS in 2000 - and we have been working with them ever since. By the end of 2022, we had provided over 1,650 surveys.

For more information about our company, our services and our people, please visit our website.


We thank them for their support, and we encourage attendees on the day to visit their exhibition stands.

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Transport Planning Associates Logo
Collision Plot Logo
SchemeFlow Logo
Paul Castle Associates Logo
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Cancellations and Replacement Attendees

Please note that if an attendee wishes to cancel a booking or a replacement attendee is to take an original attendee’s place, then TRICS should be notified by email prior to the date of the event. This is to ensure that our administration of bookings can be kept up to date, and also ensures that we keep track of attendee numbers, which is very important should the event become very popular and availability for additional bookings becomes low.

Booking your FREE place

Places at this event are FREE to one delegate from each user organisation office. To book your place, please complete the on-line booking form. A member of the TRICS team will then confirm your place at the event by email.

Also, please note that the fees for second and subsequent places are £195 + VAT this year.

Book your free place

We operate a paperless invoicing system to help the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. If you require paper copies of invoices to be sent to you via Royal Mail you will be charged an additional “Postage and Handling” fee.