Crowthorne, UK, 03 October 2016 – TRL has further strengthened its sustainable mobility capabilities to meet growing demand from businesses, governments and local authorities seeking evidence-based, innovative solutions for their sustainable transport needs.

As part of TRL’s wider strategy of investment for growth, Transport and Travel Research Ltd (TTR), previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of TRL, is being fully integrated into TRL. The transition, which will take effect from October 2016 onwards, more than doubles the scale of TRL’s team of sustainability experts, creating a deeper, enhanced capability within the company.
Improved sustainable mobility is increasingly an integral and critical part of transport policy for businesses and government, in the UK and internationally. The move by TRL reaffirms its frontline role in shaping the future of transport, providing deep market-leading expertise to meet the needs of its clients and chosen markets.

Specifically, the enhanced capabilities provide research, consultancy and technology solutions for the development, introduction, use, and evaluation of low emission and sustainable transport options for the movement of people and goods. Core areas of expertise include sustainable transport, low carbon vehicles, air quality, low emission strategies, freight policy and efficiency, and active travel.

Rob Wallis, Chief Executive of TRL, said: “Governments and businesses are under increasing pressure to reduce harmful emissions, improve air quality and encourage more sustainable methods of travel. This challenge is a critical part of TRL’s investment priorities, ensuring TRL retains and strengthens its leading role in helping organisations to create a global transport system that is safe, clean, affordable, liveable and efficient.

“Both TRL and TTR customers will benefit from this enhanced and integrated capability, bringing together world-renowned specialists from all transport areas to solve the most complex sustainability challenges.”

Former director of TTR, Chris Douglas, will adopt the position of Head of Freight and Fleet at TRL. He welcomed the move saying: “There is a long history of collaboration between TRL and TTR, initially as strategic partners, then through acquisition. We are now taking this one step further with full integration, combining our knowledge and expertise into one unified offering to deliver a more substantial, resilient and scalable service for our customers.”

Both TRL and TTR have strong track records of working with local authorities, national and international governments to encourage the implementation and adoption of sustainable modes of transport. Examples of some high profile projects include ZeEUS, a trial on behalf of the European Commission of wirelessly charged electric buses in 12 cities across the EU, including London; Transport for London’s Safer Cycling trials, which looked at a range of different options to improve safety for cyclists; the feasibility of introducing an Ultra-Low Emission Zone in Abu Dhabi and a Platooning Feasibility Study for UK highways on behalf of the UK’s Department for Transport. 

Notes to editors

TRL became a minority shareholder in TTR in 2010, before fully acquiring the transport policy research consultancy in April 2014. The integration of the TTR business and its associated brand into TRL will be completed by 31st December 2016.

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