Following on from our ‘proud to be planners’ campaign in association with Transport Planning Day, James Dyson tells us about how his love for design, streets and places started and has carried on throughout his career.


I came to Momentum…

In August 2017, starting at the company as a consultant after graduating from Newcastle University with a first class Master of Planning degree.  As part of my degree I was fortunate enough to spend a year working for Transport for London in their Spatial Planning team. This experience opened my eyes to the complex nature of planning for transport and the movement of people. After graduating, all I wanted to do was move back to London and get involved within the transport planning industry!


My defining career moment has been…

In the final year of university I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to finish my degree at the University of Amsterdam, working alongside the Urban Cycling Institute for six months. This experience was a game changer for me. The way I view cities, mobility and planning was shaped entirely by my time in the Netherlands. I had learned so much, and desperately wanted to bring some of that knowledge (& enthusiasm!) back to the UK. All I’ve wanted to do since then is create better places that are safe and pleasant to travel through and around.

The way I view cities, mobility and planning was shaped entirely by my time in the Netherlands.


A typical day for me…

Generally involves taking a bit of stick for the choice of music I play over the office speakers. (Apparently Bruce Springsteen isn’t cool anymore. I beg to differ.) Work wise, it’s pretty varied. Some days can be spent analysing data and trying to make sense of complex surveys, while others may involve lots of collaboration with our engineers and modellers to overcome design challenges.


I love…

Having the ability to influence the design of streets and places at their earliest stages. This allows us to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists are not an afterthought, and instead are at the core of any design.

That is why I wanted to become a transport planner in the first place, so it’s always a satisfying feeling!


My most memorable moment

Picking up a 900-page Transport Assessment that we had written from the printers and delivering it to the planning consultants. A massive relief and sense of achievement (and not just for being able to lift it up…!).