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Youngsters plan future of transport

2 June 2008 – for immediate release

Aston University and Transport for London (TfL) have teamed up on a project to introduce Year 10 and 11 students to the idea of transport planning as a career option.

Through a series of workshops, students from a number of schools across the UK will be given the opportunity to act as transport professionals and work on a real life case study of an area in London being considered for transport improvements.

The students will be tasked with coming up with innovative ideas to improve transport facilities in the area. Each team will put together a presentation and transport improvement plan which they will present to a judging panel at the London Transport Museum.

The project will consist of two events over two consecutive months, with the first day taking place at Aston University on 3rd June and day two at the London Transport Museum on 2nd July. Schools are invited to enter teams of five students who will also work together over the period between the two face to face events.

The Transport Planning Workshops are jointly funded by Aston University’s Excellence Hub and Transport for London. The project aims to capitalise on the relevance of Aston degree programmes to the field of transport planning by highlighting the career paths available to students interested in subjects such as transport planning, logistics, geography and business.

Nick Morris, TfL’s Traffic Manager and Director of Road Network Performance commented: ‘This is a brilliant opportunity for young people to learn about a profession that will enable them to contribute to the future of transport facilities in this country. By using a practical scenario the students will see the wide range of factors taken into account and the fascinating balance of modal demands. They will also learn much about team work.’

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For further press information please contact

• Lianne Robinson, Aston University Press Office on 0121 204 4547

For further information about the event please contact

• Angela Morris, Aston University on 0121 204 4787

Notes to Editors

1. The West Midlands Excellence Hub was established in April 2007 as part of the new Young, Gifted and Talented Programme (YG&T) managed by CfBT Education Trust on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. There are nine regional Excellence Hubs across the country made up of local HEIs, working in partnership with regional Gifted and Talented Partnerships.

2. The West Midlands Excellence Hub, lead by Aston University, is a consortium of 11 Higher Education Institutions including Birmingham City University, The University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham, Coventry University, Keele University, Newman University College, Staffordshire University, The University of Warwick, The University of Wolverhampton and The University of Worcester.

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