David Simmonds Consultancy Limited


Suite 4, Bishop Bateman Court,

5-7 New Park Street, 

CB5 8AT, Cambridge, England 

Phone: +44 (0) 1223 316098


112 George Street, 

Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 4LH

Phone +44 (0) 131 226 5908

Updated 18 November 2009:

Leicester and Leicestershire Integrated Transport Model (LLITM): DSC is part of a multi-organisational project team working with Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils to develop a set of transport and land-use models which will be used to inform transport and planning policy decisions that should benefit all people living and working in the area.  These models are making best use of existing information such as the 2001 Census and other official surveys, supplemented by 30,000 household surveys have been distributed to the residents of Leicester and Leicestershire during April and May 2009. They will forecast the growth of Leicester and Leicestershire over the coming years taking account of proposed developments in housing, employment and services in and around the county, of proposed changes in transport provision and of trends in population and the economy. The models will enable better land use planning and transport policy decisions to be made, which should lead to reduced road congestion and improved public transport services.

International Transport Economics Conference (ITrEC): David Simmonds recently presented a paper on Modelling the economic impacts of transport changes: experience and emerging issues in the UK to the International Transport Economics Conference in Minneapolis.  The paper was co-authored with Olga Feldman, and described the main economic modelling elements of DELTA, some example applications, the use of the model in the calculation of Wider Economic Benefits and some of the issues arising from using those calculations in practice.  The paper is available here.

European Transport Conference 2009: DSC projects features in at least four of the presentations to this year's European Transport Conference, which was held in the Netherlands on 5-7 October.   The projects discussed were

  • the analysis of the employment redistribution impacts of possible high-speed rail networks, carried out for Greengauge 21 (as part of a wider study with SYSTRA and MVA) and  outlined by John Segal (MAV) in his paper on "A high speed rail network for Britain"
  • the continuing enhancement and operation of the Transport/Economic/Land-Use Model of Scotland as part of the LATIS (land-use and transport integration in Scotland) programme presented by Kevin Lumsden (MVA)
  • the design and use of the London land-use/transport interaction model (LonLUTI), discussed by Alan Wenban-Smith (Urban & Regional Policy)
  • the design and uses of the Greater Manchester GMSPM2 model - a paper written by Andy Dobson, Emma Richmond and David Simmonds, with Ian Palmer (GMPTE) and Nick Benbow (MVA), was presented by David Simmonds.  This focussed on the land-use/economic elements of GMSPM2 and is complementary to the paper on the transport components of the model which Nick Benbow presented to the same conference last year.

The GMSPM2 paper is available here.

CUPUM 2009: Olga Feldman and Melanie Bosredon attended the 11th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, which was held in Hong Kong on 16-18 June.   Two DSC papers were presented and can be found on our publications page;

  • Feldman, O, Davis, J, Simmonds, D, Young, D, Richmond, E, Valero, J (2009): An Integrated System of Transport and Land-Use Models for Auckland and its Application. 
  • Bosredon, M, Dobson, A, Simmonds, D, Minta, P, Simpson, T, Andrade, K, Gillies, H, Lumsden, K (2009): Transport/Economic/Land-Use Model of Scotland: Land-Use Modeling with DELTA.

Updated 8 September 2009:

Colchester and Tendering Transport Land-Use Model (CATTLUM): DSC is pleased to announce their involvement in the already in-progress Colchester and Tendering Land-Use Model. DSC was commissioned by Mouchel to construct a land-use model centred on Colchester, covering Ipswich to the north and Chelmsford to the south. Drawing on experience gained from previous work with Mouchel (South Essex Transport Land-Use Model), CATTLUM varies from other models, in that whilst DSC is leading the land-use modelling, Mouchel are undertaking the actual construction. This will help to develop a much deeper understanding of how the model works and therefore allow them to use and operate it more effectively. Transport Research Laboratories (TRL) are constructing the transport model, as well as the GUI for running the two models interactively. The first runs of the land-use model are scheduled to begin in Autumn 2009.


Updated 29 July 2009:



Staff: We are pleased to announce that Emma Richmond and Tom Simpson have been promoted to Consultant.

Department for Transport Think Piece: Department for Transport have published their latest think piece "Reducing the need for travel by improving land use predictions informing transport planning".  This was prepared by a team comprising Atkins Transport Planning, David Simmonds Consultancy, Katalysis and Roger Tym and Partners. The Think Piece was commissioned under the DfT Horizons programme. It seeks to enhance the Department’s understanding of: the key influences on land use planning; barriers to improving the accuracy and quality of land use predictions; emerging techniques that may improve land use predictions; and, how the need for travel might be included when land use options are being developed and considered.The Think Piece can be downloaded from : http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/scienceresearch/futures/advisorthinkpieces/landuse.pdf



Updated 7 May 2009:

Edinburgh Office: DSC announce the opening of their new Edinburgh Office. The office is located at 7-9 North St David Street, EH2 1AW. The office will be managed by Andy Dobson who will be permanently based in Scotland.  This presence will enable us both to provide stronger support to our existing Scottish clients and to develop new applications and areas of research.



Updated 31 March 2009:

Staff: Andy Dobson has been appointed a director of David Simmonds Consultancy. Andy joined DSC in 2005, having previously spent over 20 years in local government, working in planning and research for Cumbria County Council, the Peak Park Planning Board, Hereford and Worcester County Council and as Corporate Research Manager at the Borough of Poole. Since joining DSC, he has managed a series of major projects, including the development and updating of land-use/economic models for Scotland, Greater Manchester, and the South Essex Thames Gateway area, as well as studies into the West Yorkshire office market, work on the impact of transport improvements in Scotland, and the development of advice on the evaluation of transport projects. He is particularly involved in liaison with local planning authorities with reference to the representation of planning policies in the firm’s forecasting work, especially where the models are being used to test the impacts of major urban development proposals.




David Simmonds Consultancy Limited is registered in England and Wales, company registration 04860878. The registered office is 10 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA