About Us

Sustainable Transport refers to any means of transport with low impact on the environment, and includes walking and cycling, transit oriented development, low emission vehicles, car sharing and building or protecting appropriate urban transport systems.


About Us

John Elliott’s team including the closely associated specialist consultants he works with. They are lifelong professionals with decades of solid and varied experience in transport and traffic engineering and planning and related matters.

The complementary but overlapping skills and experience put us in a strong position to focus on what’s necessary, important and desirable, and what’s unnecessary, unimportant or undesirable in meeting our clients’ needs in the most effective and cost-effective way and getting the job done.

John Elliott has been working in Transport Planning since 1971 initially for an Aircraft company, since then he has worked for two Transport Consultancies (Scott Wilson and Colin Buchanan), 6 UK local authorities, another large industrial company, two universities and two parking companies.

He is now working as an Independent Transport Consultant. However, he has also supported The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (LGTAG) as Communications Officer for the Group and Vice Chair to the National Transport Committee for a number of years and is presently the Special Adviser to this professional association.

His previous posts and tasks include chief traffic engineer for Westminster City Council - and then head of policy and project assessment for the Greater London Council. His posts have also included Deputy Borough Engineer, Surveyor and Planning Officer for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Director of Technical Services and Planning for Aylesbury Vale DC, Director of Parking for Legion Group, Transport and Planning Manager for Pfizer and Sustainable Transport Manager for Canterbury Christ Church University. John has also supported the academic Transport Planning work and lectures at the University of Hertfordshire.

In his employed roles John has worked with the responsibilities, duties and contributions as described below:

Traffic and Highway Planning and Management and Road Safety

Responsible for assessing transport impacts of all developments being promoted by the private sector or other public bodies in the City of Westminster.

Responsible for and progressed large programme of traffic schemes for Westminster City Council, including Hyde Park Corner signalisation, pedestrianisation schemes in the heart of West End and various bus and cycle schemes.

Brought together a strategic town centre scheme involving a new shopping centre, a complex town centre bypass, parking control and car park construction schemes and pedestrianisation for Barking. Obtained funding including large government contribution and piloted through statutory processes to site in record time.

Prepared and gave evidence opposing environmentally damaging major road schemes promoted by Department of Transport for A406 North Circular Road in north and east London, for London Borough of Haringey, Transport for London and local residents and National Environmental groups.

Forged partnerships with complementary companies to develop traffic management and parking business for P&O/ Sterling Granada Traffic Management, growing business from virtually zero base (£100k turnover) to £10 million turnover in 3 years.

Major Developments Access Planning and Impact Assessment

Guided and worked with leading Barking & Dagenham Council Members, other Chief Officers and consultants to initiate a £2 billion mixed development on 800 acres of under-used land adjoining London’s docklands.

Unlocked 600 acres of development sites in Aylesbury for Aylesbury Vale District Council with successful negotiations with Buckinghamshire County Council on new highway network.

Transport Policy, Planning and Strategy

Responsible for the development of Transport Aspects of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s District Plan and prepared evidence for the City of Westminster’s District Plan Public Inquiry.

Prepared schemes for new bus station in Braintree town centre to replace archaic and substandard passenger facilities in old bus garage for Essex County Council.

Responsible for production of annual Transport Policy and Programme for Greater London Council. Carried out the extensive analysis and promoted decision makers in own and other organisations to give attention to parking control and enforcement in London. This led to the wheel clamp experiment and subsequently the parking management regime under the 1991 Road Traffic Act.

Promoted and supervised analysis of problems caused by large-scale road building in London for Greater London Council and presented evidence to House of Commons Transport Committee, The Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment (SACTRA) and others, culminating in changed national approach to transport provision from late 1990s

Changed Barnet Council approach to car use and introduced one of the first Sustainable Transport Strategies to deliver traffic reduction targets, piloting this through consultation and Council approval.

Developed leading Sustainable Travel Plan in the UK for Pfizer Inc, which is based on a wholly integrated approach including a unique parking cash out scheme featured on BBC2. Achieved significant change in company culture and major change in staff travel (20% reduction in car use in two and a half years), providing a model reflected in many other travel plan guides.

Achieved large changes in staff travel behaviour through travel planning for London Borough of Southwark and for Canterbury Christ Church University.

Organisational management

Piloted through major organisational changes to Engineering function resulting in an audited improvement in output of 100% in a year, in Barking and Dagenham.

Responsible for reviewing organisational arrangements to cope with compulsory competitive tendering for public services (eg cleansing, refuse, parks etc) and professional services (eg. Engineering, building services and property management) in Aylesbury Vale and LB Barnet).

Set up London wide Benchmarking development and analysis group for the London Borough Engineers group. Ensured appropriate management development for large teams affected by major changes in duties (GLC abolition and closing down of fourth largest Council House building programme in the UK (Aylesbury Vale)).

Brought together different specialist companies in order to provide full range of services required to manage decriminalised parking as it came into force throughout London in the first instance (this included: software, hand-held and main computers, clamping, tow away and Notice processing).

We have worked in the following subject areas on the described projects (where required and beneficial we have worked on some of these tasks with other nationally recognised specialists.

Parking, Traffic Management, Road Safety, Highways and Public Transport Planning

Greater London Council

Transport for London (TfL)

Westminster City Council

London Boroughs of Camden, Haringey, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Redbridge, Southwark, Bromley and Waltham Forest

Surrey and Kent County Councils

Ramsgate Town Council

Barts Hospital Trust

Legion Security plc

JBW Enforcement Services

University of Hertfordshire

University of Greenwich

University of Kent

Project and Organisational Management

South East London Transport Biodiesel project (TfL and LBs Bromley, Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Bexley, Greenwich, Croydon) JBW Enforcement Services Traffic Data Centre Implenia Construction AG (Switzerland)

Transport Assessments, associated Highway and other Transport Improvements, on-site Vehicle Access Assessments and Parking Design and Sustainable Travel - business sector

Pfizer Ltd at Sandwich and Reigate

Glaxo Smith Kline

Eisai Ltd (with University of Hertfordshire)



Kent Science Park

Elite Hotels


Numerous other developments in London and surrounding counties, East Anglia and Central and Northern England

Voluntary sector – transport, roads and planning policy

Transport 2000 (Campaign for Better Transport)

Friends of the Earth

London Thames Gateway Forum

Campaign for the protection of Rural England (CPRE)

Government sector - transport policy and strategy and travel planning

States of Guernsey

London Borough of Southwark

Essex, Kent and Surrey County Councils

Swale Borough Council

Thanet District Council

Hastings Borough Council

Energy Saving Trust

Oxleas NHS Trust

Southwark PCT NHS trust

West Suffolk Hospital Trust

Department for Transport - National Business Travel Network

Academic and religious institutions – transport policy, travel planning, development planning, highways, parking

Anglia Polytechnic University

University of Hertfordshire

ACT Travelwise

Loughborough University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Universities at Medway (Greenwich, Kent + Mid Kent College)

Cambridge International Management Training

Various state and private schools in Kent

Numerous churches and other places of worship and religious education

If you would like to know more about the range of services provided feel free to contact us online or call us on 07810 204400.