Transportation Planning & Traffic Engineering

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Our transport and traffic team has extensive experience in planning, design and management of all facets of traffic engineering and transport planning projects.

GHD brings a fresh approach to integrated transport with an innovative, dynamic, highly motivated and enthusiastic team of traffic engineers and transport planners who harness a great depth of industry experience and knowledge.

Whether you require high level policy and strategic advice at the beginning of a project or detailed engineering advice at the design stage, you will benefit from the commitment and dedication of our people. We pride ourselves on staying informed of the latest industry thinking and trends through regular involvement in industry bodies, conferences and seminars.

We understand that transport needs are inherently linked to land use; the two cannot be understood in isolation. Our integrated team of transport and land use planners offer advice and solutions related to the entire system, rather than one item in isolation. Our solutions encourage active travel. We incorporate an understanding of economic and financial factors impacting on efficient freight movement, such as road versus rail freight options.

Public transport is becoming increasingly important in society. We are equipped to provide a way forward - from the specifics of bus route timetables through to the location and layout of new rail interchanges and associated track route alignments.


Our team offers services that include:

  • Active transport, bicycle and pedestrian advice
  • Demand management
  • Freight planning and advice
  • Integrated land use, transport advice and transport studies
  • Parking strategies, analysis and advice
  • Pedestrian simulation and traffic and transport modelling
  • Public transport infrastructure and service advice
  • Road safety audits and analysis
  • Strategic route planning and feasibility studies
  • Traffic engineering assessments and advice
  • Traffic impact assessments
  • Transport strategies
  • Travel behaviour change
  • Urban revitalisation transport advice

For further information, contact:

Erin Jackson
Service Line Leader, Transport Planning & Traffic Engineering - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 3 6210 0617
E: Erin Jackson


Phil Weber
Service Line Leader, Transport Planning & Traffic Engineering - North America
T: +1 905 752 4300
E: Phil Weber

A New Busway for Brisbane

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Queensland Transport engaged GHD to undertake a pre-feasibility investigation into the need, scope and likely issues involved with a proposal for the busway in the locality of the Gympie Road corridor. This corridor is a major arterial road that serves as both a regional linkage and a key component in the central northside district road network.

A range of previous studies, including the Corridor Selection Report, identified the need for a northern busway to provide a new public transport line haul (high quality, high frequency) route to support existing and future north side suburban services.

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Australian National Ports Strategy

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Launched in January 2011, the Australian National Ports Strategy provides a coordinated planning approach to assist Australian governments in planning for port infrastructure and the associated road and rail linkages that connect these important gateways to all Australian cities and towns.

Through the provision of five themed background papers, several presentations and support at two stakeholder forums, one in Melbourne and the other in Adelaide, GHD assisted Infrastructure Australia and the National Transport Commission to develop a draft strategy.

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ARTC Bridge Inspections

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GHD was engaged by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to inspect bridges along the Melbourne to Adelaide railway line between Geelong and Wolseley.

The client required structural inspections to determine the bridges' current condition, load carrying capacity and future life expectancy.

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Brighton Bypass, Tasmania

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The Brighton Bypass involves a 12km deviation of the National Highway north of Hobart. It is the most significant Tasmanian road project undertaken in the last 25 years.

GHD was involved with the 5.3km long northern section of the project. This section includes a dual carriageway, seven bridges, major earthworks and a grade separated interchange.

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Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge

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GHD was engaged by Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority to develop a concept and detailed design of the Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge as part of EastLink.

GHD developed concept designs that were economical and retained consistency with other pedestrian bridges on the EastLink project. The selected design provided an aesthetic and functional bridge that would not inhibit future development.

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Church Street Bridge

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GHD was engaged by VicRoads to assist with the development and implementation of rehabilitation work for a Melbourne icon, the Church Street Bridge.

The Church Street Bridge spans City Link and the Yarra River in Melbourne. It was built in the 1920s and consists of three spans and reinforced concrete pinned arches supporting a reinforced concrete deck. The external surfaces are rendered.

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City Road footbridge, NSW

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The design of the City Road footbridge was the subject of an International design competition won by John Wardle Architects.

GHD was engaged by The University of Sydney, NSW to develop and detail an economical and aesthetically pleasing alternative pedestrian bridge to satisfy Sydney City Council planners.

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Daly River Bridge, Northern Territory

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GHD was engaged by the Department of Infrastructure (NT) to investigate and design a new high level bridge over the Daly River.

Approximately 220km from Darwin, the Daly River Bridge is a key link between the Port Keats community and Darwin. This project addresses flood immunity issues and improves the reliability and efficiency of freight traffic. The bridge spans 184m across the Daly River and is constructed as a single lane bridge which will be widened to a double lane bridge in future.

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Deer Park Bypass

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The Deer Park Bypass (DPB) is a jointly funded project between the Victorian Government and the Federal Government.

VicRoads engaged Leighton Contractors to design and construct the DPB in Western Melbourne. GHD was commissioned by Leighton Contractors to prepare the detailed civil and structural design works and associated structures for the project.

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Design & Construct Travel Demand Management Auckland Motorways

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GHD is currently providing professional engineering services for the safety management of over half of Auckland City’s road network. This is a two to five year contract and is a key initiative toward meeting the objectives of the government’s Road Safety 2010 strategy.

The contract calls for investigation, feasibility analysis, preliminary and detailed design of road safety improvements. To meet these requirements, GHD has carried out and supplied Auckland City Council with:

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Forgan Bridge Duplication

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GHD was commissioned, as part of a team, by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to update Forgan Bridge connecting the northern suburbs to the central business district of Mackay in North Queensland.

Forgan Bridge, across the Pioneer River in Mackay, was first opened in 1938 by the then Premier of Queensland and Member for Mackay, William Forgan-Smith. The bridge has undergone significant maintenance over the years including underpinning and widening in 1979 and girder repair work more recently. Increased traffic volumes brought about by Mackay’s rapid population growth and expansion of the northern suburbs of the city, has seen the original bridge reach peak capacity and nearing the end of its design life. The condition of the old bridge combined with carrying approximately 30,000 vehicles per day with an anticipation of increase to 35,000 by 2015, warranted a case for the replacement of Forgan Bridge.

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Garapan Special District Revitalization and Pedestrian Mall

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GHD performed studies and provided full A&E services as part of the USD30 million revitalization of the Garapan Special District, a 15-block tourist area of Saipan.

Our scope of work involved studies and preparation of plans, specifications and estimates for USD8 million of road, drainage, signalization and landscaping improvements. The project was prepared in accordance with AASHTO guidelines and Federal Specifications Standards. GHD was responsible for the design of the geometry, utility relocation, drainage, signalization and traffic studies. This project required extensive coordination with the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, the Saipan Department of Public Works, and the Office of the Governor Planning Office. Construction documents included culverts, street paving and sidewalks, signalized intersection, landscaping features, signing and striping.

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Hale Street link

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GHD was engaged by the Brisbane City Council to complete a feasibility study and impact assessment study of the proposed Hale Street link.

The link will consist of a tolled bridge river crossing between Milton and South Brisbane and will cater for the growth in population and travel within the inner city area, including the West End.

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Halton Transportation Masterplan (2031) - The Road to Change

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GHD provided project management services to lead the development of Halton Region's Transportation Master Plan to 2031 - The Road to Change.

Over the next 25 years, the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) is expected to grow significantly.  The Province of Ontario forecasts that Halton Region will comprise a significant portion of this growth, and will have a population of approximately 780,000 people and 390,000 jobs in 2031.

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Land freight transport study

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The National Transport Commission (NTC) engaged GHD and SKM, in association with the University of South Australia's Transport Systems Centre, to research what actions Australia should take to cope with the forecast increases in the land transport of freight.  

This major study included:

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Maroondah Highway Bridge

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GHD was engaged by Linking Melbourne Authority to provide design and documentation services for the Maroondah Highway Pedestrian Bridge.

The Maroondah Highway Pedestrian Bridge is one of the 88 bridges built as part of EastLink. The bridge is 5.4m above Maroondah Highway and provides a 3m wide pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Merton Road Shared Cycleway

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GHD is pleased to announce the completion of the Merton Road Shared Cycleway in Auckland.  With innovation and team work at its core, the cycleway project is a success story for GHD, HEB and Auckland City Council. One kilometre in length, the cycleway presented a number of unique and interesting challenges for all parties involved. The preliminary design and consultation began in April 2009.

Considerable stakeholder management was crucial for this project and as part of the review process, included liaison with various groups including Cycling Action Auckland. The co-ordination of three contracts into one (OHUG, Physical Works and Resurfacing) was successfully executed to ensure optimum timeliness and cost saving.  

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Michael Herbert Bridge

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GHD worked collaboratively with the client, City of Holdfast Bay, on the development of the Michael Herbert Bridge (formerly King Street Bridge) which opened with a well-attended community opening ceremony.

GHD was intricately involved in all aspects of the project including architectural, structural, civil and traffic, geotechnical investigation, environmental risk assessments, urban design, procurement services, superintendent services and construction phase services.

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Nuvali Transport Planning, Ayala Land Inc.

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GHD provided transportation and traffic modelling to determine the appropriate number of road lanes required by Nuvali, an Ayala Land, Inc. development south of Metro Manila. The key feature of this development is the adoption of sustainable and environmentally sound design practices. We also prepared conceptual plans for all utilities, including water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, drainage system, power distribution and telecommunication systems.

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Onehunga Bus Station Upgrade

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Auckland Transport commissioned GHD to assist with the delivery of the professional services to improve pedestrian, passenger and bus driver amenities for Onehunga Bus Station.

Together with the client and contractors, GHD prepared a design that resulted in the provision of a high-quality bus station within a tight timeframe - less than one year from concept design through to final construction.

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Perth to Bunbury Highway

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The Southern Gateway Alliance (SGA), comprising GHD, Leighton Contractors and WA Limestone in partnership with Main Roads Western Australia, was awarded the contract to build the AUD511 million new Perth to Bunbury Highway in 2006.

The Perth to Bunbury Highway project will increase the efficiency of the north-south road network and improve regional transport through a high standard road link between Perth and the south west.

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Réfection d’un pont et améliorations routières

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L’inspection par GHD du pont Wentworth Street Bridge, d’une longueur de 18 m, pour le compte de la région de Durham à Oshawa (Canada) a révélé un certain nombre de problèmes de sécurité importants.

Ces derniers comprenaient des voies de circulation étroites et troittoirs ne respectant pas les normes, l’absence de dégagement entre la bordure de la voie extérieure et le trottoir, la détérioration de l’état du pont, ainsi que des éléments de sécurité (trottoirs et glissières) non conformes à la réglementation en vigueur.

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Sorell Causeway

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GHD provided the client with an innovative bridge design that improved the project durability and constructibility.

Upon completion, the 460m long replacement of the Sorell Causeway across Pitt Water, east of Hobart, was the only match-cast, precast segmental ‘channel’ road bridge built outside of Europe or the United States. It was built just to the south of the original bridge which was demolished after the completion of the new bridge. GHD proposed the channel concept during the tender stage as an alternative design. Detailed design was completed once the contract was awarded. The unique cross section of the bridge was very efficient and provided many advantages compared to other conventional designs. The design made extensive use of precast technology to achieve the owner’s durability requirements, improve the constructibility of the bridge, enable swift construction and reduce the amount of works over water.

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Tauragat Well Road, Road Safety Audit

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In May 2012, GHD was engaged by the Coorong District Council to complete a road safety audit on Tauragat Well Road, South Australia. The client's objectives were to identify road safety deficiencies and suggested corrective actions prior to the road being sealed.

The audit addressed the guidelines included in Austroads, Guide to Road Safety Part 6 – Road Safety Audits 2010.

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Taylors Road Rail Underpass

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GHD was engaged by Abigroup Contractors to deliver the design and documentation of the civil works, bridge works, rail bridge works and associated structures with the Taylors Road Rail Underpass.

The aim of this project was to provide improved road safety and reduced travel times for western suburbs residents.

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Timaru Transport Study

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GHD completes comprehensive study to accommodate sustained growth.

GHD was commissioned by the Timaru District Council and the New Zealand Transportation Authority (NZTA) to carry out research and analysis eventuating in a strategy for alleviation of Timaru’s escalating traffic issues. 

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Wodonga Rail Bypass

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The Wodonga Rail Bypass project for engineering design services was awarded to GHD by the Victorian Department of Transport (DOT) in June 2001.

GHD was engaged to deliver the design and documentation for all the civil works, bridge works, rail design works and associated structures.

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Erin Jackson

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Erin has more than 10 years’ experience in traffic engineering, transport planning and modelling, road safety, sustainable transport and project management. Her experience has been gained through her direct involvement in large and small scale transportation studies and infrastructure projects throughout Australia. She is based in GHD’s Hobart office.

Erin has worked on a number of key projects including road safety strategy for the Shire of Melton, Glenorchy to Hobart CBD transit corridor plan for the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Devonport parking strategy for Devonport City Council and Tasman Highway access upgrades for Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.

Service Line Leader, Transport Planning & Traffic Engineering
T:
+61 3 6210 0617
M: +61 4 2958 5150

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Walter Saldanha

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Walter has more than 14 years experience managing the delivery of major building, transport and infrastructure projects in the Middle East and Australia, holding senior roles within both the public and private sectors. 

Based in the Middle East, he is currently managing our Transport service group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) He has developed exceptional relationships with a wide range of clients, both in Government and the private sector.  Walter has previously worked for VicRoads and Leighton Contractors in Melbourne, Australia

Recent key projects include design of the Cultural District tunnel entrance at Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, a new Executive Jet Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, expansion of Terminal 2 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, delivery of initiatives under Abu Dhabi’s Freight Transport Masterplan, design of a new Guide Signage System for Abu Dhabi, Maritime Infrastructure Planning for Abu Dhabi Emirate and various Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) for multi-use developments.

Manager, Transport and Infrastructure – UAE
T:
+971 2 696 8836
E: Walter Saldanha

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Steve McDermott

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Steve has more than 30 years’ experience in traffic engineering, transport planning and modelling, road safety and project management. His experience has been gained through many projects for Main Roads WA, local authorities and private developers.  

Recent key projects include, traffic analysis for the Kwinana Freeway extension, road safety audits for local authorities and Main Roads WA, transport input to the Cockburn ORR East West Road for the Department of Planning and traffic engineering input and assessment for a number of primary school and high school masterplans.

Road and Transport Planning Team Leader – WA
T:
+61 8 6222 8514

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Graham McCabe

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Graham has 19 years’ experience in traffic and transport planning and engineering. He has developed innovative solutions to improve the transport system including traffic signal design and optimisation, traffic modelling, bus network planning and design and walking and cycling.

Graham is working with government and private industry clients to solve transport issues at all scales.

He has significant experience in active and sustainable transport, and was responsible for the development, design and implementation of the City of Sydney Cycle Strategy, which introduced separated cycleways into Australia on a network basis. He also has led traffic analysis, modelling and bus priority training for Roads and Maritime Services. His experience in traffic signal applications includes the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS) that operates around the world.

Previously, Graham worked for Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, and the Council of the City of Sydney.

Team Leader, Integrated Transport Planning, Infrastructure Advisory
T:
+61 2 9239 7625

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Aaron Campion

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Based in New Zealand, Aaron has more than 10 years’ experience in traffic engineering, transport planning, road safety, sustainable transport and project management. He has been directly involved in large and small scale transportation studies and infrastructure projects throughout the UK and New Zealand. Aaron has worked on a number of key projects and understands the importance of providing efficient transport linkages while still providing well planned, viable and pleasant places. He has significant experience delivering integrated transport planning.

Aaron is currently the road safety manager for a large network operations contract, managing both the local and state managed transport network and serves as a technical representative for the NZ Road Controlling Authorities forum on road safety matters.

National Service Line Coordinator, Transport Planning & Traffic Engineering
T:
+64 (0) 6 833 7760
M: +64 (0) 27 531 5293
E: Aaron Campion

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Martin Smith

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Martin leads the Integrated Transport team in Melbourne. He has extensive experience in project management, leading large and complex programs across Australia, the Middle East, the UK and North America. The Integrated Transport team consists of a wide range of experience in the fields of transport planning, traffic engineering, modelling, road safety, freight and logistics, ports and maritime engineering, and business case/risk assessments.

Service Group Manager, Integrated Transport
T:
+61 3 8687 8120

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