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Delivering an appropriate and sustainable transportation network for the 21st century is an exciting challenge. Atkins is committed to planning, designing and enabling our clients’ transportation programmes.

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Transport is a vital element of enabling a functioning economy. As global demand to travel for business, leisure and to find work increases, transport infrastructure needs to cope with both the demands of today and the needs of future generations.

Atkins’ teams around the world are working on projects that will help to shape the future of transportation – designing structures that connect cities and towns, managing highways assets and ensuring that sustainable solutions really work.

The challenge we face in providing an appropriate transport network for the 21st Century and beyond is great but not insurmountable. Atkins does not take this responsibility lightly and we work closely with clients and partners across government, financial institutions, private developers and contractors to build sustainable infrastructure for the future.

Atkins works in partnership with clients, taking ownership of their challenges to deliver real outcomes and long term benefits. We continually strive for excellence, both in the projects we work on and the way we develop both our business and our people. By investing in our staff we ensure that on a day-to-day basis technical challenges are met, delivering the best results for clients.

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Expertise

Whether it’s the improvement of strategic links, modelling pedestrian flows in town centres or developing information systems for public transport, we plan, design and enable solutions.

Transport planning and policy

Atkins provides clients with the full range of transport planning capabilities tailored to their specific needs. Our expertise spans three main areas – policy and guidance, professional advice, and scheme design and implementation.

Highways infrastructure design

Our understanding of transport needs, in-depth experience and exceptional skills make us a world leader in the development and design of highways infrastructure. We understand the vital role transport improvements have in ensuring safe and reliable road networks, integrated transport services and accessible city centres.

Intelligent transport systems

Atkins is the UK’s leading intelligent transport systems (ITS) provider. We plan all aspects of our clients' ITS schemes, developing strategies and business plans to meet today's complex transportation needs. We also enable the delivery of these strategies by providing managed services to help our clients improve the performance of their ITS infrastructure, ensuring more efficient and reliable networks.

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Jim Hanson
17 Feb 2017

The first-of-a-kind event was held in conjunction with the CES Conference, an annual consumer electronics and technology tradeshow in Las Vegas. In the spirit of the summit theme, taken from an Elvis Presley song, “A Little Less Conversation,” we helped Nevada do more than talk about intelligent mobility, or iM—they illustrated with real-world examples of advancements in the iM space. I’m often asked, “So, what is intelligent mobility?” It may mean different things to different clients depending where they are in their iM journey. Events like the GO-NV Summit helped clarify some aspects of iM for attendees. The bigger goal of GO-NV was to take the conversation toward action to start deploying solutions.  Our approach to iM is a global one—each of our regions is working with clients, technologists, developers and solutions providers to address the growing scope of iM needs world-wide. Our definition is simple: Intelligent mobility is an end-user and outcome-focused approach to connecting people, places and services—reimagining infrastructure across all transport modes, enabled by data, technology and innovative ideas. We describe our iM work in four areas: the power to transform lives; progress and change; catalyst for collaboration, and implementation at its heart. The Power to Transform Lives Clearly, iM has the potential to enable people who struggle with finding safe, convenient, affordable travel options across all modes of transportation. We’re working with state and local governments across the country, facilitating innovative visioning and roadmap development sessions to address the rapidly evolving needs around iM. The GO-NV Summit brought to life the four

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Roddy Adams
27 Jan 2017

The recent US presidential election is a case in point where the incoming POTUS has had a national infrastructure plan as a central plank in his campaign. President Trump’s commitment to infrastructure was cemented in his inauguration speech when he stated that America’s infrastructure had fallen into disrepair and decay promising that “we will bring new roads and high roads and bridges and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation”. So what do we know of this new plan to boost infrastructure spending? The plan is being drawn up by billionaire Wilbur Ross and university professor Peter Navarro and their proposal is to stimulate $1 trillion in capital expenditure over 10 years, and as part of this the Government should hand out $137 billion worth of tax credits to the private sector. The federal tax credit would leverage a flood of private money covering 82% of the equity needed for new projects argue Ross and Navarro and they say the tax credits would cost the Government nothing because of increased tax revenue from new private spending, economic activity and employment. There are however critics coming forward to point out that this will only work for well-conceived projects with clearly identifiable revenue streams – which would be funded in any event by the market, so why give tax credits away? The proposals appear to be solely weighted to the investor and contractor side of the industry. They do not address the single biggest impediment on projects coming to market – affordability. States and municipalities

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A third of Copenhageners commute daily to work or school by bicycle and it is not unusual to see people in suits, high heels and skirts effortlessly pedaling past. And this is exactly the image the City of Copenhagen wants to keep in people’s mind when they think of Copenhagen. During the next decade, the goal is to have 50% of all Copenhageners bike daily (and/or use more public transportation). Today’s modal split for cyclists is 41% in the city centre and Amsterdam is up at 48%. To reach the ambitious goal, Copenhagen needs (almost) zero growth in car traffic and at the same time a dramatic effort in public transport and cycling infrastructure. Many of the easy improvements to get more people to bike have already been rolled out, and the next step must address some more challenging problems. The City of Copenhagen concludes three fundamental elements that must be in place to increase cycling in the Danish capital: • accessibility – both for slow and fast cyclists • more and better bicycle parking at stations and shopping areas • safety and sense of security for cyclists. Common for them all is the lack of space. As an example, the bike path on the bridge Knippelsbro today constitutes 33% of the total space of the road while the number of cyclists here are 55% of all drivers, according to the municipality's review of cycling conditions in Copenhagen. Furthermore, car parking at street level occupies twice as much space in general as the entire network of bicycle infrastructure. A new report

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Philip Hoare
22 Dec 2016

The UK population is projected to reach 70 million by mid-2027, and the consequences of this on our transport infrastructure will be profound. It would be fairly difficult to overstate how important our ability to respond to these demands is. Reinforcing this sentiment are current and future projections of journey capacity and congestion. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) calculated that there were 1.7 billion passenger journeys on the UK’s rail network in the last financial year. Meanwhile on road, highway congestion already costs £2 billion each year and this is set to rise to around £10 billion, by 2040. But challenging circumstances; such as population growth, the need to create better transportation links and the importance of maintaining economic stability and growth, are not unique to the modern day. For example, responding to increasing world trade through river freight, and with no alternative regional routes across the river, the Thames Tunnel opened in 1843. Described locally as the eighth wonder of the world, the Thames Tunnel was a leading innovative solution responding to the rise of a global economy and its new challenges. Fast forward to the present day, and the benefits of tunnelling aren’t so dissimilar. Space, particularly within an urban setting is a commodity, and current competition for its use has long exceeded that of the past. Yet the timeless engineering feat of tunnelling still provides a more efficient use of space that can better accommodate the forecast growth in travel demand. Strategically placed transport links

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A major east-west transportation corridor that carries recreational, commercial and commuter traffic through the Rocky Mountains also creates a lot of headaches for those maneuvering through regular back-ups and gridlock.  When the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expressed an interest in using intelligent transportation systems and innovative technologies to decrease gridlock, increase safety and reduce traffic time, we were brought on board to help drive the effort for the I-70 Mountain Express Lane (MEXL). CDOT’s overall vision for improving congestion with immediate, interim improvements led us to evaluate the effectiveness of a tolled peak hour shoulder lane between Empire Junction and Idaho Springs. We expanded existing models to assess traffic improvements, which indicated that travel times could be cut nearly in half in the project area. Taking an innovative approach to relieve congestion without overbuilding the mountain corridor, a 13-mile stretch of the existing eastbound shoulder was repurposed as a dynamically tolled express lane during peak travel periods. Today, it operates only on weekends and holidays and users pay between four and eight dollars, based on congestion levels (tolls can reach 30 dollars based on congestion levels). With added capacity, the corridor has seen consistent, faster speeds and reduced travel times for all lanes. In its first summer season, throughput increased by 14 percent, travel times in general purpose lanes improved by 38 percent, and the time involved in clearing back-ups substantially improved. Less gridlock. Less stress. Less time on the road means more time for the good stuff. There’s more to the story. CDOT received Gov.

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During large storm events, the Las Vegas Wash channel overbanks would flood due to overflow of the main channel, requiring regular and costly debris cleanup and repair of the facility’s only access road. Despite it not being designed to do so, the access road served as a grade control structure to protect improvements made to the channel upstream. Aside from making the facility inaccessible, failure of the road would have jeopardized the structural stability of those improvements as well as threatened underground utilities. Failure of the access road would have also resulted in damages to the surrounding private and public properties and facilities. To remedy, channel improvements were designed to increase capacity and protect against any further damage. A secondary access road was constructed; 1,100 feet of various new utilities (20-inch water, twelve 6-inch power conduits, twelve 4-inch fiber-optic conduits, and four 12-inch sludge lines) crossing the wash were designed; and other increased security measures were put in place to secure the site. To reduce cost and expedite construction of a new 200-foot steel girder bridge over Las Vegas Wash, we worked with the construction contractor and CCWRD to recycle steel girders from a former bridge. We inspected the old bridge’s superstructure, investigated the life span of the steel, verified the geometry of the girders for compatibility of design, and modeled using MDX software. 1D and 2D (pre- and post-project) hydraulic models of the area were also developed and sediment transport analysis was performed to ensure that there are not adverse impacts to

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With traffic through this freeway corridor expected to double in the next 20 years, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) prioritized investment in this critical section of infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing resident and tourist populations. Travelers make 25,000 lane changes per hour in this freeway corridor and as many as 1,400 crashes take place annually. To boost safety, mobility, and accessibility, roadway improvement plans include separation of freeway traffic from arterial traffic, reduced numbers of merging sections, and connection of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to create a continuous 22-mile stretch from US 95 through I-15. Considered the most important and ambitious project in NDOT’s history, it also accommodates regional economic redevelopment through improved access to downtown Las Vegas and the Resort Corridor. We serve as lead designer, for design builder, Kiewit Infrastructure West, managing all design and engineering services on this multiphased, multiyear project with responsibilities that include design services for roadway, drainage, bridges and structures, traffic control, signing, pavement marking, landscape, and ITS as well as providing quality control, utility coordination, public involvement, design surveying, and design support during construction.   Video courtesy of NDOT

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HE partnered with their Netherlands equivalent, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), to help overcome their legacy system drawbacks. Both wished to develop a future operating model that delivered a modern and open technology platform and effective supply chain that would improve the resilience and efficiency of their road networks. Atkins were tasked with developing the security requirements for the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) operating model, and supporting its delivery through an open tender process to enable appropriate suppliers to provide the new solution. We worked in collaboration with HE and RWS, integrating our subject matter experts into the project team. This allowed us to agree a joint security approach which would took into account the different cultural, business, security and legislative concerns that the two partners faced. By working closely with all stakeholders, we determined the existing operational structures, business goals and service requirements. We reviewed UK and Dutch security standards and Governmental requirements and negotiated a joint approach to meet these. Finally, we developed a ‘to-be’ security operating model to meet business requirements for input into ‘Pre-qualification questionnaire’ (PQQ) and ‘Invitation to tender’ (ITT) contract phases and proposed and agreed approaches for the formal accreditation of ATMS. Our security-focused business systems analysis and requirements development led to a detailed set of building block deliverables at functional and technical levels. These included the specific application, infrastructure, hosting and platform components. The completion of this project provided HE and RWS with a pragmatic and realistic view of the threat environment for information assets with a

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Limehouse Viaduct is an early stock brick Grade II listed structure originally built to support the London to Blackwall Railway, serving the old docks of East London, and now carrying Docklands Light Railway system. The viaduct is punctuated by a number of flat metal deck spans which cross a network of public highways and watercourses. Due to the length of the viaduct structure and differing forms of construction, the project was divided into four packages. Package 1 was completed on time enabling the client to implement the tender process for the site works within the project time scales. Packages 2, 3 & 4 are due to commence following completion of the Package 1 site works.

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In 2009, the NJTA approved a massive widening program for a 50-mile section of the parkway to achieve a 50 percent increase in capacity. Atkins served as program manager for widening activities from interchange 48 to 63 (phase 2) and the structure and drainage improvement projects for future widening at interchanges 30 and 48 (phase 3). Over the course of the project, we coordinated the efforts of more than 1,000 professionals to successfully design nearly $200 million worth of improvements to the existing highway while maintaining traffic flow. The program’s scope included design and construction of a third lane to the northbound and southbound Parkway, widening of shoulders, mainline and local road bridge widening and replacement, existing drainage system replacement, and safety improvements such as roadway lighting, guide sign replacement, storm water management basins, and relocation of utilities. The historic tollway, originally constructed in the late 1950’s, helped usher in a new wave of economic and residential development along the Jersey shore. Through continued investment and improvements, it remains a vital link from the New York state line to the southern tip of New Jersey. The project was recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) of New Jersey as 2015 Project of the Year and received the 2016 ACEC New Jersey’s Engineering Excellence Award.

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The works were predominately undertaken to the bridge’s heavily eroded ornate masonry parapets in the interest of ensuring public safety. Due to the importance of the structure to the town both as an amenity and as part of its heritage, the bridge’s architectural features were also restored as part of the scheme. Staff from Atkins/Waterman, who were seconded into Warwickshire County Council’s Bridge Maintenance Team on the west midlands highways alliance professional services framework, recently completed the repair and restoration of the historic Grade II Listed Willes Road Bridge in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. The three span masonry arch bridge provides one of only three routes over the River Leam, linking the south of the town to its centre and so is a vital and heavily trafficked piece of infrastructure. The structure’s parapets were found to be in a poor condition during a routine bridge inspection with unstable and heavily weathered masonry. Some of the 300mm thick masonry blocks in the parapet were found to have eroded away entirely and so provided little protection for errant vehicles. A scheme was devised and implemented to repair the masonry parapets to ensure the safety of road users passing over the bridge. Due to the structure’s importance in respect to the town’s heritage, it was decided to also restore its architectural features. Extensive research was undertaken to determine the original appearance of the bridge’s original architectural features which included working with the District Council’s Conservation Officers and a local historical society. The source of

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Atkins-Waterman was successfully appointed as the designer in August 2013 with a core Atkins design team co-located in Coventry City Council's offices, along with an Assistant Project Manager seconded into Coventry City Council from Waterman. Complex multi-stakeholder management, including balancing developer, council, public and business and transport requirements during construction and in the final project.  The core team was supported by designers from Atkins’ offices, ensuring the best people were used on the scheme. Through effective collaboration between Atkins-Waterman, the client (Coventry City Council) and the Contractor (Costain), the scheme was delivered on time and within budget. The road was opened under substantial completion in May 2015. To enable delivery, regularly collaborative programme workshops were carried out to develop a lean design and construction programme, prioritising critical elements such as steel beams which had long fabrication lead in times. Weekly progress meetings supplemented with Daily Lean meetings were held to highlight key activities and actions. Alongside this, risk workshops were held to manage project risks and reviewed on a monthly basis. Safety was fundamental to our design, incorporating design features to reduce working at height and adjacent to live highways. The bridge was designed using pairs of braced girders, designed for prefabrication off-site and capable of installation during short night time road closures without temporary works. The scheme also included the relocation of the existing bus terminus outside of the railway station to provide a temporary facility during the development. Working collaboratively, Atkins and Coventry City Council identified the space required for the terminus and

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Products

CIRRUSmaps™

CIRRUSmapsTM  

CIRRUSmaps™ is a flexible web mapping platform that can be integrated with highways asset management systems, enabling a map based view of information such as drainage, accidents, surface defects and signage. Optional route planning integration enables effective planning of highways maintenance.
www.cirrusmaps.co.uk

READY TO DIG

Ready to dig  

Atkins is the UK’s leading provider of utility reports. We also provide a wide range of utility management services across the lifecycle of a project.
www.utilitymanagementsolutions.co.uk/readytodig/

Resources

In this section you can find thought leadership articles produced by Atkins for the roads sector.

Title Format Size
King of the road pdf 384KB
Traffic unjammed pdf 271KB
Roads into the wilderness pdf 172KB
The long and widening road pdf 208KB
Life span pdf 320KB

Locations

For more information on our work and experience in this sector please contact:

UK & Europe

Philip Hoare
Managing director
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1454 66 2566 
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Middle East

Phil Malem
Managing director - Transportation & Infrastructure
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4405 9300
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Asia Pacific

Samson Sin
Managing director
China
Tel: +852 2972 1200
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North America

United States of America
Tel: +1 800 477 7275
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