Transport Planner Vacancies Transport planner jobs involve managing the expansion of rail, air and road networks. Transport planners plan new systems and advise on improvements to existing networks. The work of a transport planner is often linked to government initiatives and policies. Transport planner jobs focus on looking at how transport issues impact on the public. They consider safety issues, the environmental impact of projects and how a proposed project will improve the lives of those suing the networks. Some of the duties of this role include: Using computer models to simulate transport problems Using transport studies to gather and analyse data Predicting the impact of a proposed development Writing reports for planning authorities and funding bids Standing as an expert witness during public enquiries Participating in public consultation initiatives Evaluating the costs and benefits of different transport strategies Managing projects and studies Considering the environmental, economic and social needs of the community Designing road safety improvements for accident black spots Proposing schemes to manage traffic issues, such as congestion Suggesting alternative methods of transport and influencing the public to consider these Working hours for transport planner jobs are usually around 40 hours per week and worked between Monday and Friday. It may be necessary to work outside of these hours to attend public meetings. The work is predominantly office based, but you would have to travel to sites and to attend meetings. Salaries for transport planner jobs vary according to location and experience. A graduate transport planner can expect a starting salary of between £22,000 and £25,000. It is possible that this will be more if the candidate has completed a postgraduate qualification. Senior and experienced planners can earn between £30,000 and £50,000 a year. Those who are working in top consultancy positions have the potential to earn excess of this, but this will largely depend on the size and type of project. The entry requirement for transport planner jobs is usually a degree in a relevant subject and then a postgraduate qualification in transport planning. Relevant degree subjects include civil engineering, economics, geography, business studies, social sciences and environmental science. Transport planner jobs also require a wide range of other attributes, skills and qualities in addition to the qualifications. These include: Excellent written and verbal communication skills A clear understanding of traffic and transport issues The ability to plan, prioritise and meet deadlines Strong problem-solving and organisational skills Good computer literacy Strong project management skills Excellent interpersonal skills The ability to work within a team or independently using your own initiative Strong presentation and report writing skills Experience and knowledge of using computer modelling software Good skills in persuasion and negotiation A willingness to keep up to date with developments A commitment to continuous professional developments Transport planner jobs are varied and interesting role. They are best-suited to people who want a project management role and have an interest in transport issues. There is scope for career progression and the earnings potential is good.
A brief history of Glasgow The River Clyde is key to the growth of Glasgow from a small 6th century settlement to the biggest city in Scotland today, and the third biggest city in the United Kingdom. From a 6th century settlement to today There is evidence of a settlement on the River Clyde since prehistoric times, but it is Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city who is famous for founding the city in the 6th century with the construction of a small church where Glasgow cathedral now stands. Bishop Jocelyn is credited with gaining the status of burgh for the city in the 12th century from King William, thus creating a cause for celebration which led to the creation of the Glasgow Fair, an event which still takes place today. The Scottish Englighteenment period Glasgow's biggest periods of growth which contributed to its size and status today were during the Scottish Enlightenment period and the Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Enlightenment was a period in which Glasgow, in particular, was recognised for its contribution towards philosophy, literacy and invention at a European level. It took place during the era of the signing of the Act of Union between England and Scotland as the two countries joined as part of Great Britain. The famous poet Robert Burns, philosopher and economist David Hume and economic pioneer Adam Smith who wrote the Wealth of Nations, were key drivers of the changes associated with this period in Glasgow's history. The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution brought about a great number of changes to the city, notably along the River Cyde which was drained to make way for shipbuilding yards. The heart of the city was transformed by a deep river and the industries and wealth which grew and prospered from it, from cotton to glass production, to textiles, paper and soap. As well as new wealth, the Industrial Revolution impacted on the migration of people from the countryside to the city, thus determining the layout and construction of the city today. From hospitals to schools to housing, Glasgow retains signs of its Industrial Revolution history in its makeup today. Present day Glasgow Named European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow today is a hub for finance, education, culture, arts, food and one of Scotland's most famous exports - Scottish whisky. There are several distilleries in and around the city which help contribute to the economic wealth of the city and its inhabitants.