Transport Planning

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Appropriate transport planning is critical to the economy, environment, accessibility of key amenities, and the day-to-day safety of the population.

Transport planning needs to consider a wide range of modes. Typically, this includes one or more of:

  • Road-based private transport (private car; light or heavy goods vehicle; taxi; motor cycle; pedal cycle)
  • Road-based public transport (local bus; inter-urban bus or coach)
  • Rail-based public transport (heavy rail or metro)
  • Intermediate modes (light rail; tram; guided bus)
  • Other passenger modes (air; sea; river)
  • Other freight modes (rail; shipping)
  • Pedestrian movements

GHD's team brings:

  • Staff experienced in each of the above modes
  • Planning integration across transport modes
  • Modelling competition between modes
  • Joint planning-based and engineering-based solutions and
  • Programme and project management expertise

We apply our experience to help to provide transport planning solutions on behalf of local authorities, Central Government, transport operators and private developers. We help our clients at each stage of the ‘classic’ transport planning model, namely, trip generation (and suppression), trip distribution, mode choice and assignment.

Services

GHD's services combine a wide range of transport planning and engineering skills, enabling us to find innovative strategies and pragmatic solutions for our clients, including:

  • Demand forecasting across all modes to determine and optimise present and future infrastructure requirements
  • Modelling the interaction between different transport modes (including pedestrian and crowd modelling) and the changes which might arise from various demand-based or supply-based interventions
  • Appraisal of infrastructure investment and alternative solutions to make the best use of limited transport network capacity
  • Design of stations, depots, interchange facilities and other transport services to optimise space and efficiency
  • Justification of new routes and service proposals through overall cost-benefit analysis and appraisal consistent with WebTAG (all modes)
  • Public transport timetable and operations planning (including the operating cost and revenue impacts)
  • Forecasting the demand and revenue impact of different public transport fares policies
  • Rail franchise bidding and evaluation
  • Assessment of the transport impact resulting from new developments
  • Airport and sea port access studies
  • Parking or park-and-ride studies
  • Development of business cases, which can be used in funding applications to Government or other organisations
  • Model audits
  • Public Inquiry support

For further information, contact:

Simon Shapiro
Tel:
+44 20 3077 7900
Email: Simon Shapiro

 

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Simon Shapiro

simon shapiroSimon has 25 years’ experience of transportation planning, model development and demand forecasting for appraising public transport, strategic highway, multi-modal and local traffic management schemes.  He is also skilled in the economic evaluation and appraisal of schemes based on WebTAG and other industry guidance.  Clients have included British Railways Board, Network Rail, Department for Transport, Welsh Government, Highways Agency, Transport for London, train operating companies and local authorities.

Simon has a detailed understanding of UK transport policy and institutional frameworks and is familiar with transportation software including EMME, MOIRA, SATURN, VISUM, COBA, TUBA, QUADRO and ARCADY, in addition to spreadsheet modelling techniques.  He has recently managed a number of model audits in connection with rail franchise bids.

Head of Service, Transport Planning, UK
T: +44 203 077 7920

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