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TRICS Consortium Limited are delighted to confirm that bookings are now being taken for our 26th Annual TRICS User Meeting in central London.

This event will be taking place at The Magic Circle in Euston on Tuesday 28th November 2023.

The 2023 TRICS Training and Development Forum took place on Tuesday 20th July in Nottingham. Each of the presentations given at this event can now be freely downloaded, complete with explanatory commentary.

A number of online presentations have been put together following the publication of the Decide and Provide report released earlier this year, and we thought it would be a good idea to put a recording on the website to allow all TRICS Members to see these. The Covid-19 restrictions over the past 18 months have made it difficult to undertake presentations in person, so it is hoped that these short videos will assist until we can host a fully live event.



TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to offer free in-person presentations at TRICS user offices that detail the various stages of the process of commissioning TRICS Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) surveys.

Free TRICS SAM Survey Process Presentation Sessions

20th September 2023

TRICS Consortium limited are pleased to announce its new Management Team and structure, which formally takes effect from 1st October 2023. The new structure of the team and its responsibilities means that there is a new level of project oversight, with the restructuring also providing the team with a natural flow of progression and succession. This review also means that the TRICS project will be in a great position to grow and move into new and exciting areas of research and development.

Managing Director: Lynn Basford

Lynn Basford has been appointed Managing Director, initially on an interim basis with a view to a permanent appointment. Lynn has a wealth of experience, including running her own company and also with TRICS as a Director at JMP Consultants prior to TRICS becoming an independent company in 2015. She has also been instrumental in the development of the Decide & Provide method for Transport Assessments and was the lead author of the TRICS Guidance Note on the Practical Implementation of the Decide & Provide Approach (February 2021). Lynn brings to the company a business-oriented approach which will complement the skills of the other members of the Management Team and will run the company whilst also providing highly valued input into its direction and strategy.

Project Director: Ian Coles

Ian Coles has been appointed Project Director. Ian has been working on the TRICS project for 32 years and has been the Project Manager for the past 20 years. Originally starting work on the project in February 1991, Ian has worked on, managed and delivered each of the annual TRICS data collection programmes, along with numerous project developments. These have included the introduction of the first user licensing system, the introduction of multi-modal surveys in 2000, the development and implementation of the Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) in 2005, and the development of the online version of the TRICS database. His new role as Project Director is a natural culmination of his career. Using his three decades of TRICS experience, Ian will provide oversight to the project, will be involved in the administration of the TRICS company, and will also provide direction in research and strategic development.

Project Manager: Owen Edwards

Owen Edwards has been appointed Project Manager. Owen has been working on the TRICS project for 10 years, having started as Operations Officer and then subsequently being promoted to Assistant Manager. Over the past decade Owen has developed the comprehensive set of skills and gained the necessary experience that naturally brings him to Project Manager level. In recent years he has taken on increased managerial responsibilities, and in 2022 developed and implemented the new TRICS user licensing system. Running the TRICS project, Owen will be responsible for the delivery of our annual data collection programmes, the development of the TRICS database, and the undertaking and delivery of TRICS technical analyses and strategic research projects.

TRICS Administrator: Anne-Marie Kanor

Anne-Marie Kanor joined TRICS in 2023 and was appointed to the new role of TRICS Administrator. This is a key role within the team which deals with company and project administration and monitoring throughout its various sub-areas, including annual data collection programmes and SAM surveys, the administration and delivery of the annual TRICS user events, and liaison with our clients and suppliers. The TRICS Administrator role is important to the company as it links to all parts of the team to provide added cohesion and fluidity through the project’s administrative functions. This role is evolving to include further elements such as financial and day-to-day company management.

19th September 2023

TRICS Consortium Limited can announce that Nick Rabbets has today left the company.

Nick was appointed Managing Director of TRICS on 1st January 2015 and remained in his post for over 8 years. He was instrumental in the setting up of the independent TRICS company, having previously been a representative of Dorset County Council on the TRICS Consortium. Nick set up and maintained the company’s various administrative systems, which allowed our business to run smoothly and efficiently, and was a key part of the team at a very important time in the history of the TRICS project.

The Board of Directors and the TRICS team wish Nick all the best for the future.

13th September 2023

TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for the 26th annual TRICS User Meeting, which is taking place on Tuesday 28th November 2023 at The Magic Circle in Euston, London.

Each TRICS licence-holding office can claim a free place at this event, and all details about it can be found in a dedicated section of our website which can be accessed via the homepage. We have some great speakers and presentations lined up for this event, as well as a Guest Chair (Karen McShane, President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation), and we are expecting booking requests to come in quickly, so please book your place as soon as possible to avoid potential disappointment. All bookings will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

As always, this event will cover a range of topics associated with the TRICS project, and there will also be the option of attending a full TRICS system demonstration or an open forum in the final session of the day. This is also a great opportunity to mix with numerous other members of the TRICS community from across the UK and Ireland, along with our sponsor organisations.

The TRICS team look forward to welcoming you.

12th September 2023

The deadline for new TRICS SAM survey commissions in this Autumn’s survey window passed on the 11th of September 2023. Therefore, any new requests for SAM surveys will need to be for the Spring 2024 window, which opens on the 1st of March.

2023 has been a record year for SAM commissions with over 70 surveys requested, and there are good signs that this trend is going to continue into next year. For each survey window we need to set a deadline as the process requires lead time, both for ourselves and our TRICS-approved data collection contractors, and we ensure that each deadline is announced with a good amount of notice.

If any organisation wishes to commission SAM surveys they can get in touch with the TRICS team at any time so that projects can be set up for the Spring 2024 window

10th August 2023

TRICS Consortium Limited are pleased to confirm that the next update of TRICS, version 7.10.3, will go live on Friday 29th September 2023.

This update will include a number of new surveys, and will also include a significant upgrade of the TRICS Travel Plan Monitoring Report feature, complete with its re-written user guide. The TRICS team look forward to delivering this system update and to working with all members of the TRICS community, as we continue to improve and enhance our system and its data.

30th June 2023


This new version of TRICS includes 55 new survey days, covering a variety of development types across different regions within the UK and Ireland, details of which can be found in the Library module of the system.

The new version also introduces some system enhancements and amendments, which include the following:

  • A review of local authority changes has led to some TRICS area codes and names being amended. As a result, numerous sites have had their site reference codes changed. A full list of all site reference changes is included in the list of new sites document in the Library module, and an explanatory note on these changes is also available in the Library.
  • A new land use category 03/Q (Shared Living Developments) has been created, with one survey that was previously in the 16/B (Mixed Use) sub-category now moved to the new land use (see the list of new sites document for this update which lists the old and new site reference codes).
  • 6 land use sub-categories have been moved into the Archive area
  • Two new technical research reports are now available to freely download from the Library. The first is a study of trip generation at fast-food drive-through sites, whilst the second looks at vehicle occupants trip rates for a selection of land use sub-categories.

A summary of all system changes are in a document within the Library module once you have logged in and started running TRICS. Just click on the Library icon at the top of the screen and access the file called “List of System Amendments for TRICS 7.10.2”.

We look forward to continuing to work with all members of the TRICS Community and to providing regular system updates.