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Tim Pharoah


Tim Pharoah is a transport and urban planning consultant with more than 55 years experience of transport and land use planning, street design and urban regeneration. He provides specialist advice on a wide range of urban issues, and disseminates experience through lectures and training events.

Before becoming an independent consultant he worked in local authorities, private consultancies, and the academic sector. He is a keen advocate of planning for vibrant urban communities through integrated accessibility and public realm design and speed management. He has always perceived mass private motorised transport as a serious threat to urban quality of life, and consistently argued and worked for the prioritisation of modes that are urban-compatible.

He was closely involved in the fight against urban motorway proposals in London and Edinburgh in the early 1970s, and has promoted traffic limitation ever since.

He has been involved in over 150 widely varying projects including the design of specific places, areas and town plans, and regional and national policy studies. In addition to involvement in projects in the UK and other countries, he has managed, authored or contributed to a number of national best practice guides and reports, including Buses in Urban Developments (CIHT, 2018), Manual for Streets (DfT, 2007) and the award-winning Traffic Calming Guidelines (Devon County Council, 1991).

Tim has a wide knowledge of international best practice, and makes effective use of this in projects in the UK and elsewhere.

In 2017 Tim received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Urban Design Group (UK)

Career summary

2018 - present
Retained consultant to Transport for New Homes

2010 - present
Independent transport and planning consultant

1996 -2010 Retained consultant to Llewelyn Davies, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, and Tribal Urban Studio team, as well as independent consultant

1976 - 1996 Reader in Transport, South Bank University, London (and senior lecturer)

1972 - 1976 Principal Planning Officer, Westminster City Council

1970 - 1972 Research Officer, Greater London Group, London School of Economics

1965 - 1969 Post-graduate study (MSc in Town Planning with distinction - Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh) and researcher with the Planning Research Unit, Edinburgh University, and Percy Johnson-Marshall & Associates (PJMA).

1962 - 1965 Trainee Planning Assistant, Kent County Council

1961 - 1962 Cartographical surveyor, HM Ordnance Survey

This website includes information and commentary on the full range of Tim Pharoah's professional activity, including books and articles, conference papers, paid and voluntary projects and roles.

"" reflects a life lived in transport...
...oh yes, and Tim also plays jazz double bass!

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