Urban Flow Transport Planning Consultants

Movement  People  Places

We look wider than conventional transport planning and traffic engineering – to us it’s about getting things moving, whether by foot, cycle, bus, car or rail.  


Bridging the gap between engineering and vision, we bring a Big Picture view in supporting and leading masterplanning, placemaking, development and cycle schemes – to name just a few.


With a great track record of scheme delivery and development planning application success for a wide variety of clients, we can help you get your project started and on the road to success.


We give what's needed to meet client needs:


  • we don’t over-analyse or over-engineer

  • if a high-level approach is all that’s needed – we say so

  • if a more detailed analytical approach is needed – we do that too

  • we say it the way we see it!



What We Do

Development Planning

Masterplanning & regeneration - transport support


Development Planning  / Transport Assessment


Access & Movement Planning


Parking scheme design

Transport and Traffic Modelling


Active Travel, Travel Planning


Design Guidance


Best Practice, research, guidance


Policy & Strategy Development


Transport Funding Bids

Streets & Places

Traffic Management 


Cycle Scheme Design & Cycle Planning 


Active Design

Walking Schemes and Initiatives 


Street Design / Engineering 



- Scheme Design

- Policy & Strategy 


Bus Priority and Operations Planning 


Deliveries & Servicing - Freight Strategy  Development


Public Consultation & Community Engagement

                       ...its Transport Planning!

Transport Assessment - Placemaking - Masterplanning - Parking - Walking & Cycling - Bus operations - Deliveries - Research...


Meet The Team

Establishing Urban Flow in 2011, John had many years in transport planning - from past capacity-driven quick fixes, to real world ‘big picture’ planning for people and communities.   That experience has been invaluable in developing distinctive and forward-looking movement schemes and initiatives. 


Working in the Urban Flow way was always John's ambition - wanting to do things better and differently, putting people first and working fully collaboratively and more creatively with clients and partners.

These are fascinating times for transport with healthy living and placemaking now firmly embedded in our lives and Future Mobility experimentation and real-world application promising far-reaching and positive change for all of us.  John and the Urban Flow team are excited to be playing an active part in shaping places and spaces in this new environment!

John Emslie

Senior Director

Lorna Sewell

Director - Streets & Places

Lorna leads our Streets and Places work and fully demonstrates the ethos of delivering Urban Flow’s work in a creative yet straightforward and legible way. 


She is expert in sensitive street design and in leading substantial public realm related and town centre masterplanning projects.

Simon Adams

Director - Spatial Planning

Simon manages Urban Flow's Spatial Planning projects including transport planning, strategy development, development and masterplanning support.


Alongside his spatial planning expertise, Simon has spent many years helping to develop high profile traffic management and public realm schemes.

Pola is a highly skilled research engineer with qualifications in urban planning and design, urban regeneration and sustainability and transport engineering.  She has a strong passion for research, with valuable experience studying transport, sustainability and active travel.
Over the last few years she has worked within non-governmental organisations, local authorities and government departments. She has wide experience in academic research, data collection and analysis and a proven record of working in an innovatory and ingenious way.

Pola Berent

Senior Transport Consultant


Our recent projects

Prepared all movement inputs to this comprehensive Liveable Neighbourhoods funding building on urban Flow's extensive earlier work in Erith 

Liveable Neighbourhood Funding Bid

Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for this campus-based development

Basing View Office Development, Basingstoke, Berkshire

Masterplan and design support for Ilford town centre

Ilford Cultural Quarter
Access & Movement Assessment

Detailed site feasibility appraisal for residential site development adjacent to Kidbrooke Village

Residential Development, Kidbrooke, London

Design and transport assessment services for the development a new secondary school including parking, servicing and cycle provision

London Dock School, Tower Hamlets, London

Movement and access proposals as part of a 5 year strategy and masterplan to deliver positive change in conditions for Tottenham High Road

Tottenham High Street Strategy, London

Multi-faceted assessment of movement conditions and proposals in this growth area focusing on enabling growth through sustainable transport interventions

Erith Links - Public Realm, Major Scheme development

Street design and movement advice for this public realm improvement scheme

Blackfen Road - Public Realm Scheme - Bexley, London

A substantial movement and public realm improvement scheme including Urban Flow-led community engagement addressing bus operations, cycling, pedestrian movement, parking and servicing

Kensal Rise - Public Realm Scheme Development - Brent Council

Detailed bus operations planning in support of a wider and comprehensive public realm scheme

Kensal Rise Bus Priority Enabling Study - Brent Council

Movement and design advice on a variety of schemes, studies and proposals in this key area of activity and heritage in central London

Mayfair Transport & Public Realm and Movement Improvements - London

Transport Assessment in support of this major park / leisure improvement scheme planning for on-site and off-site parking

Beckenham Place Park - Access & Movement Assessment

Road corridor improvement scheme focused on road safety and traffic management improvement and related public realm treatments

Mandeville Road Scheme Development - Ealing Council, London

Multi-modal appraisals of conditions and improvement opportunities related to specific development areas, infrastructure and placemaking, providing framework for  Leyton’s further growth 

Leyton Placeshaping - Waltham Forest - London

Road corridor improvement and traffic management proposals to calm traffic in nearby village

Northolt Corridor Traffic Management & Public Realm - Ealing Council, London

Scheme design for the Harrow side of this road corridor improvement

Sudbury Hill Urban Village Scheme Design - Harrow section

Full movement analysis and design support for all modes and users related to this major public realm scheme

Deptford High Street Public Realm Scheme - Lewisham Council

Corridor movement and public realm improvement proposals for this important town centre corridor

London Road, Public Realm Street Enhancement - Brighton

Wide-ranging transport design advice to the public realm design team for this major public realm improvement scheme

Watford Public Realm Scheme

Led the mutidisciplinary team in submitting a forward-looking and detailed funding bid to Transport for London on behalf of Ealing Council

Ealing Town Centre, Prospectus for Change

Providing all transport-related movement inputs in preparing a new public realm strategy to support the continued development of a strong, identifiable and vibrant Victoria in the heart of central London

Public Realm Vision and Strategy -
Victoria Business Improvement District, London

Design support for public realm improvement scheme at this iconic site in Cambridge's historic city centre

Cambridge Market Square

Preparing concept-based options to reduce the impact of vehicles, improve pedestrian routes and spaces and promote a finer urban grain to support development

Dalston Town Centre Public Realm, Movement and Permeability Study, London

Movement inputs to develop a strategy and Supplementary Planning Document for the management of city centre spaces and the network of movement corridors and linkages

Cambridge Spaces and Movement SPD

A masterplan focussing on this historic quarter and multimodal access throughout  Burnley town centre

Burnley Weavers' Triangle Masterplan, Burnley BC

Access and movement advice to improve access for visitors and town centre links for this substantial business park

Basing View Masterplan, Hampshire

Transport planning advice to assist in early stage masterplanning for this extensive growth area in Gloucestershire

Tewkesbury Area Masterplan, Gloucestershire

Transport planning support for this Supplementary Planning Document, including parking and junction studies

North Finchley SPD - Barnet Council

Comprehensive campus redevelopment design with transport assessment and travel plans prepared and submitted for the related planning application

London South Bank University - Southwark, London

Transport assessment and travel plan prepared and submitted for a Visitor Welcome Centre with extensive car parking, pedestrian and cycling improvements

Wimpole Hall - National Trust - Cambridgeshire

Transport planning advice to the wider  development and masterplanning team for this substantial site

Hemel Hempstead Hospital - Development Assessment

Masterplan and SPD with sustainable transport and public realm improvement assessment and proposals

Two Waters Masterplan - Hemel Hempstead

Masterplan support considering access, parking capacity, walking and cycling for this important area around the station

Winchester Station Area Masterplan & Parking Study - Winchester Borough Council, Hants

A variety of university campus development related transport assessment and movement studies

University Campus Developments:

- London South Bank University

- Canterbury Christ Church

- University of London

- Queen Mary's University, London

Masterplan development with a multidisciplinary masterplanning team

Swanley & Hextable Masterplan - Sevenoaks District Council, Kent

Transport planning advice to the multidisciplinary team for this town centre regeneration scheme

Spray Street Masterplan & SPD, Woolwich - London Borough of Greenwich

Contact Us

Contact us and find how our services can benefit your company.

020 7566 3451

What our clients say about us


"This is great - thanks so much.  I totally follow [the approach] and that looks like an excellent use of the information we have and a clever and very rational approach"  

Leisure development SE. London

Community Consensus


“A huge huge THANK YOU from me and I know the Residents - we NEED this! Please let the rest of the team know we really appreciate all their help!”

United Residents' Group, W. London

“I wanted to say a personal thank you to you and the team for the progress we’ve made. I appreciate it is not always easy but to get this level of consensus I think is great."

Council Portfolio Holder W. London

Targeting effort

​"I have worked closely with Urban Flow to deliver a number of complex and difficult schemes.  Urban Flow were able to establish the key requirements for each area highlighting the specific needs of businesses, car users and the general public"  


 Street design, traffic management, cycling, parking and access and movement project SE. London

Getting the job done!

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work in putting this important document together, I’m really pleased with how it turned out especially in the circumstances.  Thanks for dropping everything and getting it done, it is very, very much appreciated"

Funding Bid - W. London Council

Enabling successful development

"Senior Members and Officers were impressed with the detail of submission and the project yet again meeting another challenging timescale within the key milestone programme.   

Board Members were also extremely grateful for your individual contribution within the wider team. Your professionalism and dedication to ensure a successful submission was fully recognised"

Civic Centre, Northants

Effective Project Management

"The Major Scheme was run with excellent PM governance, consultation and innovative ideas and was an exemplar for the Major Scheme process and collaborative working."

TfL Programme Manager




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