About Vectos

We are one of the largest independent transport planning and infrastructure specialists, with over 150 people serving seven regions across the UK in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Exeter and Leeds.

We also have a dedicated research team in the UK as well as Perugia and Bonn in Europe, which explores and leads trends in future mobility. This analysis informs the development of our innovative solutions to unlocking difficult sites.

As a result, our solutions are creative, practical and effective, optimising objectives and value for our clients, unlocking a site’s potential and at the same time creating places where local communities can thrive.

We take our responsibility to deliver value seriously – to society, the environment, our clients, and the communities our projects serve. We want to be known for creating happy, healthy, sustainable places, designed for people.


Working with Us

At Vectos, we think differently. We take the time to listen and get to the heart of our client’s vision and goals, then we create research-led, innovative solutions to achieve them.

We are proactive, responsive and focused on the best possible outcome.

We are also collaborative, working as a key member of the project team and bringing stakeholders and communities on board, translating our approach to policy to show the benefits it will bring.

As people-people we thrive on strong relationships. We want to be a joy to work with for our clients and a rewarding and inspirational place to work for our team, where we come together to make a positive difference in the world.

Vectos History and Management

Vectos was founded in 2011 by four former directors of Savell Bird and Axon: Mike Axon, David Bird, Ian Dix and Chris Hargreaves. They are joined by Joanna Lawther, Matt Thomas, Matt Russell, Anthony Tugwell, Ian Southwell, Jonathan Lloyd, Stephen Eyton, Mike Standring, Gareth Davies, Adam Smith and James Edwards as Directors to create a transport and design consultancy with an extensive depth and range of experience.

Our International Projects Director, Professor Laurie Pickup is responsible for a number of innovative transport research projects throughout Europe and beyond. His expertise and study findings regularly feed into ideas on our UK projects.

From the extensive experience of the Directors, built up during over 30 years in the development industry, we consider the key elements to successful advice are as shown below.

  • Director involvement in every project
  • Understanding the whole project - not just the transport aspects
  • Simple solutions to simple problems
  • Innovative solutions to difficult problems
  • Gaining the trust of the transport authorities
  • Understanding the politics
  • Negotiation founded on sound technical work

Innovation and Sustainability

sustainable and innovative transport

Vectos is committed to leading the way on innovative thinking about the bigger issues of sustainable transport, urban mobility and influencing how we make travel choices.

Through our leading role in European studies including examining public transport solutions in European cities (CIVITAS), implementing car sharing effectively (CHUMS) and changing people’s attitudes (MIND SETS), we bring this thinking to UK projects including a test bed for innovative transport solutions in Hillington (Glasgow) and innovative solutions to a mixed use scheme in Dunsfold.

We are regularly asked to input and comment on emerging government policies related to transport; for example, David Bird was a major contributor towards the transport section of the NPPF