introduction to transport business cases


Tuesday 17th September - 2019


09:00 - 17:00





This one day course will equip delegates with basic skills to understand the requirements of the 5 Case Model for producing successful business cases for transport schemes. The course will cover the principles of producing business cases following guidelines from the HM Treasury’s Green Book, DfT’s WebTAG, Transport for London or Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The delegates will be able to bring their own examples to discuss at the course and also will learn about key points to remember whilst reviewing and scrutinising the business cases. 

Who will Benefit?

The course is suitable for those who are new to business case development and review process, transport planning profession and for experienced professionals seeking to gain the Transport Planning Professional Qualification.


Upon completion of the course, delegates will be able to:
•  understand the need and principle of producing a business case
•  learn about setting scheme objectives and the process of prioritising scheme options
•  learn about the steps of carrying out cost-benefits analysis
•  learn about the governance arrangements and techniques to manage stakeholders         effectively
•  understand about the key deliverables needed to put together a business case
•  learn about key criteria of securitising and approving business cases.


Transport planners, business case writers and reviewers, project managers, accounting officers, business analysts, portfolio management officers and team leaders

Course Content

Session 1: what, why and when?

  • What is a business case?

  • Why do we produce a business case?

  • When do we need to start developing a business case?

  • Where can we find guidance on producing a transport business case (HM Treasury, DfT, TfL or LEP)?

Session 2: Strategic fit

  • Need for intervention and objective setting

  • Identification of the expected benefits

  • Prioritisation of options and the identification of a preferred option

  • Deliverables

Session 3: Cost-benefit analysis

  • Qualitative, quantified and monetised impacts and benefits

  • Cost estimation including risk allocation and optimism bias

  • Benefit management

  • Deliverables


Session 4: Management and commercial aspects

  • Governance arrangements

  • Stakeholder management including consents and powers

  • Procurement options and analysis

  • Monitoring and evaluation

  • Deliverables

Session 5 - Checklist for scrutinising and reviewing of transport business cases

COURSE materials

The participants will be offered course materials folder and a certificate of attendance

Refreshment Breaks

The participants will be served with lunch, tea and coffee during refreshment breaks


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