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Transportation - Transport Planning Placements (2018) (Role closed)

Applications for this role have now closed. Please refer to our role finder for other exciting opportunities.

As transport infrastructure experiences unprecedented investment, join us in transport planning and help us to shape the future of transport. You’ll provide advisory, planning, design and consultancy services to our clients, who include Local Authorities, Department for Transport, Highways England and private sector developers. Your insight, smart thinking and strategic advice will enable them to make the right decisions, develop and invest in the best solutions and realise their development goals.

We’re not looking for transport experience. We’re more interested in your innovative thinking and ability to bring clarity to complex problems, see things from different stakeholder perspectives and communicate your ideas and solutions in an effective way. The transport planning world is evolving rapidly into exciting new areas of technology, it has never been a better time to join our team to deliver projects which make their mark on the environment in which we live.

Does the chance to work on high profile projects such as the innovative design of the diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus and producing Local Traffic Management Plans for HS2 excite you? If so we’d love to see your application!


Sarah and Lawrence are both Graduate Transport Planners within the Transportation division. Here they are talking about their experience at Atkins, in their own words, with their own camera!

We have expertise in the following areas:

Economics and Business Case:
Working with local authorities, the DfT, Highways England and more, we analyse all kinds of schemes from new highways and railways to bus rapid transit and Crossrail 2. We advise on everything from project costs and benefits to the best options and new ways to unlock investment.

Strategic Transport & Strategy:
Looking at everything from policies, infrastructure, public transport services and sustainable travel programmes to funding, governance and research, our clients will trust you to provide them with the best strategic advice.

Transport Modelling:
In Transport Modelling, we bring data and new ideas together. You’ll model traffic and people to understand movement and provide our customers with the very best solutions. And you’ll help us transform the future of transport by using the latest intelligent mobility and mobile phone data to create innovative new models.

Cities, Space and Development Planning:
Collaborating with specialists from across our business as part of multidisciplinary teams, you’ll work on flagship regeneration, site expansion and transport planning development projects. Making the most of your transport planning and development skills, you’ll create streetscapes, secure planning approval for developers and deliver sustainable and accessible developments.

Rail Planning:
Our rail operations team provides a wide range of rail planning and operations services. These include capacity and journey time modelling, network capability assessments, performance advice as well as timetabling and basic vehicle diagramming.

What you’ll be doing

  • Supporting transport planning projects from forecasting and appraisal, to gathering and analysing data for local modelling studies
  • Developing and applying an understanding of national, regional and local transport policies, statutory and regulatory requirements, guidance and best practice
  • Collecting retrieving, analysing and using data and information on travel patterns and behaviour
  • Assessing the different costs and benefits of transport schemes and programmes
  • Analysing, interpreting and presenting data using GIS and spreadsheets
  • Preparing various written deliverables, including client technical reports, materials for stakeholder engagement
  • Undertaking research to understand the context for proposed schemes and their likely impacts
  • Supporting consultation with the public and engagement with stakeholders
  • Contributing to the application of the principles of transport systems/scheme design
  • Developing and apply the principles and techniques of changing travel behaviour, including travel planning, travel marketing, walking and cycling initiatives and journey planning

Where you'll be based

Our industrial year placement student will be based from Manchester

Who we’re looking for

You'll be on track to achieve a bachelor’s (2.1 or above) or masters (2.2 or above) in a variety of degree disciplines such as:

  • Engineering – Civil, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic, Telecommunications, Systems Engineering
  • Planning – Transport Planning, Urban Planning or Town Planning
  • English and Politics
  • Sciences, Maths and others – Physics, Computer Science, IT, Geography, Maths, Environmental Science, Economics and GIS

We also require:

  • Self-motivation with a real passion for transport planning, pedestrian planning or transport technologies
  • Customer focused and commercially aware with a keen attention to detail and excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • An excellent communicator and relationship builder with the confidence to work on your own initiative and work as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to analyse problems and apply your technical knowledge to make sound decisions and create innovative solutions
  • Vision, ambition and the drive to quickly progress, achieve Chartered status (with a relevant institution such as the Transport Planning Professional) and keep on developing your technical skills
  • A flexible approach to travel as our projects and training may take you to a variety of locations in the UK and possibly abroad
  • Prepared to undergo a medical assessment, as some roles may involve working out on site

Rewards & Benefits

At Atkins, you can choose from a wide range of great benefits. Click here to find all of the information you need so you can see what's on offer.

How to apply

Our deadline for applications is Monday 18th December 2017. Some of our programmes are incredibly popular, to avoid disappointment (where some roles may close earlier) we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

For further details on our recruitment process please visit the how to apply page on our website.

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