Analytical Framework

The Analytical Framework is a suite of software tools that provides a consistent approach to data, modelling and appraisal across travel modes and regions of the North. We use the Analytical Framework to generate evidence that helps Transport for the North (TfN) make the case for transformational improvements in connectivity to support inclusive and sustainable growth. The Analytical Framework provides a high quality implementation of established transport modelling and appraisal techniques, but is also a platform for TfN to test and showcase new, innovative techniques that help show how improved transport could improve the lives of people in the North.

Analytical Framework datasets and models have been developed by TfN to be used as widely as possible by transport analysts and planners in the North. Our aim is to improve the quality and consistency of modelling and appraisal across the region to help inform decisions at a local as well as a regional level. Where possible, we have used open source platforms and code has been written following a set of Coding Standards to ensure consistency in terms of quality and interoperability. TAME is working towards making some of its datasets and modelling tools freely available online during 2020.

The Analytical Framework is made up of a number of datasets, analytical tools and models, referred to as ‘features’. The key features are shown in the diagram, and more detail can be found by clicking on each feature.