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The H2020 CIVITAS SUITS project was conceived by Professor Andree Woodcock and colleagues in 2014/15. It was scheduled to run between 2016 and 2020 but owing to the COVID-19 pandemic was extended to spring 2021. The aim of the project was to support capacity building of small–medium local authorities developing sustainable transport measures. This volume provides an account of the outputs of the project, in the form of chapters and recommendations for local authorities and consultants who are entrusted in delivering transport services which are inclusive, fit for purpose and enable accessibility for all. Although larger authorities are relatively well equipped to make these changes, smaller, more traditional local authorities may lack the knowledge, capacity and capability to plan, finance and implement sustainable transport measures at a time of great socio economic, technological and cultural change. Such authorities are also required to adopt new ways of working at the same time as designing and planning multimillion-euro transport projects which will support smart city developments and significantly improve the mobility of their citizens. At the heart of H2020 CIVITAS SUITS is a socio-technical approach, which recognises that capacity building is more than just providing training, and it is about empowering members of an organisation to be innovative. This volume has been written to inform designed to inform the daily practices of transport departments and stakeholder groups engaged in commissioning sustainable transport measures of working on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCapacity Building in Local Authorities for Sustainable Transport Planning
EditorsAndree Woodcock, Janet Saunders, Keelan Fadden-Hopper, Eileen O’Connell
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-19-6962-1
ISBN (Print)978-981-19-6961-4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Andree Woodcock Principal Investigator of SUITS This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 690650.

Funding Information:
The project, Supporting Urban Integrated Transport Systems: transferable tools for local authorities (SUITS), grant number 690650 was funded by the European Union (EU) under the H2020 programme as a Research and Innovation Action. It was, in response to the European H2020, 2015 call (MG-5.4–2015) to strengthen the

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, Transport for West Midlands.


  • Consortium details
  • Introduction to book structure
  • Overview of project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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