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Developing sustainable, resilient and inclusive transport

Developing sustainable, resilient and inclusive transport

Transport is in a major transition. New technologies, business models, changing lifestyles and ways of working are all rapidly shifting the needs and expectations of the travelling public. Our transport networks are also key to achieving net zero goals, while enabling cities and towns to develop, improving social and economic participation for all.

Accessibility is a fundamental enabler for urban and regional goals for the future – most pressingly decarbonising transport. For clients, these are big, expensive and long-term decisions, which need creative thinking on funding and delivery, underpinned by powerful tools and robust data analytics. ” Jonathan Kinghorn Jonathan Kinghorn Global Transport Planning Leader

Better outcomes for all

At Arup, we work with transport agencies, operators, national and local governments and the private sector to solve some of their most pressing challenges, such as aging infrastructure, inefficient operations, poor air quality and congestion, in a way that also unlocks and enables wider city-shaping objectives.

By blending expertise on active travel, policy advice, economics, major infrastructure delivery, public transport, future mobility and freight and logistics, we deliver integrated design outcomes for cities, built on technical rigour, powerful data analytics and strategic assessment.

Integrated expertise, across modes and scales

Our transport consultants work in an integrated and collaborative way across every mode and scale, from footpaths and streets to city and regional issues, delivering strategic expert advice across modes, including active travel, rail, bus, connected and autonomous vehicles, highways, and freight and logistics. We provide comprehensive and sustainable multi-modal transport strategies for cities, airports, ports, universities, hospitals and major events, connecting the needs of passengers, staff and movement of goods.

We combine deep transport knowledge with related expertise from different teams in Arup when needed. This plays out in time and efficiency savings, as well as ease of access to specialists for our clients. For example, if urban regeneration is ultimately the goal of a new transport system, we work with our economists and masterplanners to clearly outline the broader business case at the outset and make the case for funding. On a more detailed level, we draw on highly specific expertise to tackle issues at planning stage, for example, tunnel design and ventilation issues for a highway capping project.

How we help you

Develop funding mechanisms for funding transport

With public sector funding limited and ridership still in recovery after the pandemic, adopting alternative financing models for transport schemes is more critical than ever. We bring a creative approach with experience of equitably capturing land value uplift from associated property development. We help transport operators and developers maximise different revenue streams, taking projects from funded proposals into a clear programme for delivery.

Agent-based modelling

Transport modelling is changing rapidly. We’ve developed a range of powerful modelling tools to make sense of vast quantities of user and commuter data to better understand how transport systems should function.

These tools enable us to explore and predict how user behaviour may change with different design options. MassMotion is crowd and pedestrian simulation software, but we also analyse behaviour to develop national transport models, to support policy decision making. Through our City Modelling Lab we’re able to simulate people's daily journeys more accurately and rapidly than previously possible. Our approach is to ensure clients understand how mobility intersects with other urban priorities and infrastructure, such as energy use or community participation, building a stronger public case for schemes.

Learn more about our City Modelling Lab service 

Shape low carbon urban regeneration

Whilst a solid transport case is fundamental, increasingly all major transport interventions must align with, and support, a city’s future economic model. We work with city leaders and investors to establish a robust economic understanding of the transport, urban regeneration and carbon benefits, and create the legal and institutional frameworks to deliver them.

We bring together our transport experts with input from economists, carbon analysts, urban designers and masterplanners to enable new, low carbon development opportunities, supporting housing, job creation and sustainable places.

Learn more about our urban economics services 

Support climate-resilient transport

Across the world, transport systems are threatened by the impacts of climate change, from coastal flooding to intense heat. We support clients to improve resilience and future-proof assets, integrating nature-based solutions wherever possible, limiting impacts on capital budgets and improving the ability to maintain infrastructure and operate throughout weather extremes.

Learn more about our climate resilience services

Develop and accelerate future mobility

With many new and emerging mobility technologies on offer, from EVs to robo-taxis to micro-scooters, we develop business cases and explore the local feasibility of new transport systems and technologies.

Solutions are never one-size fits all. For instance, light rail mass transit solutions connect across smaller or medium sized cities, whereas e-scooters or cargo bikes can work well for ‘last mile’ passenger or goods and logistics travel. Working closely with advanced engineering experts in Arup, we translate the latest concepts into reality through deliverable projects.

Read more on our work on Future Mobility Hubs

Embed diverse user and community needs

We increasingly look beyond traditional transport outcomes in the planning and design process, starting with the user experience first and wider community resilience. This means considering diverse needs, from women’s safety, and the experiences of the young, elderly, disabled and neurodiverse people. In some parts of the world this means reconnecting communities segregated by historic planning decisions. And in other places, it means learning from and embedding First Nations’ knowledge and culture wherever possible on major projects.

Learn more about how we plan and deliver inclusive cities

Latest projects

Discover how our transport consultants are shaping city mobility

I-35 cap and stitch, Austin

I-35 cap-and-stitch, Austin

Texas Department of Transportation proposes to widen and lower segments of I-35, providing an opportunity for the City of Austin to reconnect East and West Austin through the construction of new highway decks (caps) and expanded bridges (stitches) that will be built atop the newly recessed freeway. Our transportation planning team, leading a multidisciplinary team of sub-consultants, has supported the City on the creation of the 'cap and stitch' program. Our vision plan helps to set out the locations and programme for interventions. This initiative aims to enhance safety, help mitigate noise and pollution, and foster the reconnection of communities.

UK e-scooter evaluation

UK e-scooter evaluation

We’ve supported the UK’s Department of Transport to evaluate over 30 trials of rental e-scooters across over 50 different areas nationwide. We analysed 14.5m trips to understand user characteristics, journey purposes and motivations for using e-scooters, their safety and wider social and environmental impacts. Our analysis helps to understand the impact of e-scooter rentals and informs future policy and legislation, whilst learning lessons about the implementation of e-scooters in urban areas.

Melbourne tram upgrade

Melbourne tram upgrade

We’re undertaking concept analysis and preliminary designs for tram stops across Melbourne, with the Victoria Department of Transport and Planning. These upgrades strive to deliver a transportation system that champions equity by augmenting the safety and accessibility of tram stops, empowering individuals from all walks of life to commute with confidence and ease, as well as accommodating changes to Melbourne's tram network resulting from the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project.


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