Transport users benefit appraisal: software and user manuals

How to access, use and purchase the transport users benefit appraisal (TUBA) software to undertake economic appraisal of transport schemes.


TUBA software

TUBA user manual, release notes, general guidance and advice

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The TUBA software undertakes the economic appraisal of transport schemes in accordance with the Department for Transport’s cost benefit analysis guidance

The software implements a ‘willingness to pay’ approach to economic appraisal for multi-modal schemes with fixed or variable demand.

The current version of TUBA is 1.9.13 as of August 2019 and was released by Atkins Limited in July 2019 on behalf of the Department for Transport.

Purchasing TUBA

All prices exclude VAT, which will be applied at the prevailing rate where appropriate.

Licence fees

Licence Type Licence fee per site Discounted price for every additional licence
Commercial use £850 £637.50
Educational use £175 £175

Licence details

The licence enables the use of the software for an unlimited period of time and, within the first 12 months of purchase, access to:

  • technical support
  • updates to the software

A licence entitles a user to install multiple copies of the TUBA software at a single site.

Additional copies, for use at other sites, may be obtained at a discounted rate if purchased as part of the same transaction.

An educational licence must only be used for the educational purposes. Educational organisation must purchase a commercial licence if undertaking paid research


There are 2 payment options:

  • send us an official purchase order, software is dispatched within 2 working days, your invoice must be paid within 30 days of receipt


  • ask us to issue an invoice, software is dispatched after full payment, this option must be used for non-UK orders

Orders can be made by telephone on +44 (0) 1372 756 755 or email at

When placing an order you must supply your full contact details, including:

  1. name
  2. organisation name
  3. address
  4. telephone number
  5. email address
  6. the location at which the software will be installed

Downloading TUBA

Users with a current TUBA licence may download the software with their user ID and password via the link above


Questions, problems and suggestions about the software should be sent to the TUBA support at Atkins.

Published 9 October 2012
Last updated 24 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Clarification of information, revision of licence details and pricing altered.

  2. TUBA version 1.9.13 released.

  3. TUBA version 1.9.9 user manual, guidance and advice.

  4. TUBA version 1.9.8 (interim) user manual, guidance and advice.

  5. TUBA guidance v1.9.6 released.

  6. TUBA version 1.9.5 released in line with latest changes to WebTAG.

  7. TUBA version 1.9.4 released in line with latest changes to WebTAG.

  8. Updated versions of manuals added.

  9. First published.