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 planning, cycling schemes, town centre and high street regeneration  – 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 your 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

  • if our insight can save client time, resource and money - we'll save it!


What We Do

                       ...we're Transport Planners!
Transport Assessment - Placemaking - Masterplanning - High Streets - Parking - Walking & Cycling - Bus Planning - Deliveries - Research...

Development Planning

Masterplanning & regeneration - transport support


Development Planning

Transport Assessment

Car parking schemes and strategies

Cycle parking

Transport and Traffic Modelling


Active Travel, Travel Plans


Design Guidance


Best Practice, research, guidance


Hospital / University campus planning

Transport Funding Bids

Streets & Places

Traffic Management 


Cycle Scheme Design & Planning 


Active Travel assessments

Walking Schemes and Initiatives 


Street Design / Engineering 

Access & Movement Planning

Funding bid preparation

Bus Priority and Service Planning 

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)


Deliveries & Servicing 


Public Consultation & Community Engagement

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The team

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John Emslie - Senior Director  From the outset, John wanted Urban Flow to do things a little differently, providing straightforward and real world movement advice, keeping it simple wherever possible.  That approach, blended with his experience from right across the transport field, has been widely welcomed, from traffic management through to placemaking and from transport assessment through to design guidance.  He specialises in supporting masterplans and public realm design and particularly relishes scheme visioning and engagement work.



Lorna Sewell - Streets & Places Director   Lorna is passionate about people and places and so leads Urban Flow’s Streets and Places work area.  She particularly loves to collaborate with the different built environment disciplines and the community to bring about sustainable, positive, long-lasting change.  She is skilled in streets and places design, street auditing, movement strategies, funding bid preparation and developing innovative measures to enable more active and sustainable travel as part of major masterplans, town centre and high street projects.


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Simon Adams - Spatial Planning Director   Simon is Urban Flow’s Spatial Planning Director and has wide-ranging expertise in preparing movement strategies ranging from street-specific public realm improvement schemes through to town/city-wide regeneration.  He’s at home with a pen designing schemes, building spreadsheets to assess future scenarios and scheme impacts and presenting his work in clear, concise reporting with a strong visual content. 



Our projects

We're very proud of the range and variety of our project work, ranging from traffic management to supporting masterplans, strategy and policy development to public realm scheme design support.  We get to collaborate with renowned clients and project partners across the UK tackling the full range of urban planning and design.

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and here for our birthday gallery of projects over the past 10 years!

Our clients​ & partners

Planning Authorities 

Barnet Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Brent Council

Broadland and South Norfolk Council

Cambridge City Council

Ealing Council

Hackney Council

Haringey Council

Homes England

Lewisham Council

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Hounslow

Luton Borough Council

Mansfield District Council

Newquay Town Council

Oswestry Town Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Redbridge Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Rugby Borough Council

Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council

Tewkesbury Borough Council

The WestTrans Partnership

Tower Hamlets Council

Waltham Forest Council

Watford Borough Council

West Norfolk District Council

Westminster Real Estate

Winchester District Council

Consultant Partners

Allies & Morrison
Aukett Swanke
Blackburn Ltd
Caroe Architects
Carter Jonas
Caruso St John
Contemporary Transport
Dendy Byrne

DSDHA Architects
Gardiner and Theobald
Gerald Eve
GL Hearn
Hassell Architects
Hawkins Brown
Ingham Pinnock
Jackson Coles
JCLA Landscape Architects
mae Architects

Prior and Partners

Sloane Stanley

Spheron Architects

Steyn Group
Stiff + Trevillion
Studio Weave
Temple Group

Turner & Townsend

00 Architects

Private Sector

Barnet Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Canterbury Christ Church University

Castlepoint Regeneration

Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Great Ormond Street Hospital


Heart of London Business Alliance

King's College London University

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Mercato Metropolitano

National Trust

Oswestry Business Improvement District 

Queen Mary University

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Victoria Business Improvement District

University of Bolton

University of Brighton

University of London

University of Manchester

Westminster Real Estate

What they say about us

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


"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

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


Funding Bids - we can help!


Urban Flow has extensive and successful experience in the preparation of regeneration, town centre, high street and transport scheme funding bids, applications and supporting business cases for UK councils including Bexley, Mansfield, Ealing, Luton as well as partnerships including WestTrans.


Our help has unlocked millions of pounds of funding for the regeneration of high streets, town centres and implementation of transport schemes directly from bodies including the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Transport for London, the Greater London Authority and the European Union. 


We also work collaboratively with councils, communities and other specialists including economic regeneration, urban design and town planning to develop initiatives and secure funding streams.


We’re here to help with all funding applications and responses including Future High Streets Fund, High Streets Heritage Action Zones and others.


Urban Flow’s Streets and Places Director, Lorna Sewell would be very happy to talk through any queries you may have regarding funding bids, applications and business cases.  You can contact her via email at: lorna@urban-flow.co.uk 




203 Westminster Bridge Road




United Kingdom


You can contact us on these numbers:

07876 740932

07721 666668

07974 345667

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