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Connected and accessible cities

Developing transport networks for all

Developing transport networks for all

Transport plays a critical role in every city, acting as both an economic backbone and social connector, allowing residents of cities to live prosperous, happy and healthy lives. With new communication technologies emerging, changes in work and lifestyle triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, public transport is in a major transition.

Transport is the lifeblood of cities – connecting people with opportunities that allow them to live their lives in healthy and successful ways. At the same time, the race to net zero is reshaping how cities plan and operate their transport systems. ” Jonathan Kinghorn Jonathan Kinghorn Global Transport Consulting Leader

Transport is also a major contributor to both air pollution and carbon emissions, often accounting for between a third and half of a city’s carbon emissions. Taking a strategic and engaged approach to the role transport plays in city life is an integral part of how cities will achieve their net zero goals.

When transport works well a journey becomes a seamless experience, highly integrated, reliable and efficient for all. It becomes part of the positive experience of a city, helping it to become economically successful for all of its residents. However, when transport works less well it can become congested, unreliable, polluted and in some cases unsafe and inaccessible to communities.

How we help you

We work across all modes, at both strategic and local levels. We help cities to plan for the future, blending insights on human preferences and behaviour, with data analysis and modelling, to forecast future transport needs and opportunities.

Our global team of transport planners, modellers, analysts, economists and designers works with organisations across national and city governments, transport operators and agencies, and landowners and developers to help plan the future of transport.

Create transport strategies

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Developing integrated strategies for transport at the strategic national, regional or city scale is a powerful opportunity to bring about positive change. We help to introduce more sustainable transport systems to safeguard city centres and open up new urban districts, often removing non-essential motorised traffic to create more accessible, liveable places and future-proofed cities.

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Major transport infrastructure

We also work on major transport infrastructure projects, helping to develop the business case and support the planning and design process. Our integrated approach to real estate development, transport and infrastructure delivers cost-effective, efficient and sustainable solutions.

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Prepare for emerging transport sytems

We develop business cases and explore the feasibility of new transport systems and technologies, including micro and shared mobility and connected, autonomous transport.

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Understand and manage demand

We help test policies and proposals, looking at how different packages of transport interventions might lead to major changes in travel behaviour. We are able to simulate the complex interactions that arise in everyone’s day accurately and rapidly. We explore the role of pricing techniques to manage congestion and develop financially sustainable transport operations.

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Develop active travel schemes

The health benefits of active travel, both mental and physical, are well known and they also contribute to wider urban resilience. We help cities to develop initiatives that lead to green and thriving neighbourhoods, based on genuine public support and consultation from the earliest stages.

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Analyse people movement

Design always has implications for how people move through space and interact with each other and the built environment. We help architects, designers and operators understand the best way to use space to create modern and dynamic environments that are comfortable, safe and efficient.

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Prioritise inclusion and accessibility

Inclusive design recognises that people will have different preferences, requirements and needs which impact the experience of cities – how easily they can physically access connections, how safe they feel, how accessible transport is to disabled, disadvantaged or neurodiverse users as well as women, children and elderly populations. By bringing together transport experts with inclusive and accessible design experts, we help to create spaces that people can use more independently and equitably.

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