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Pedestrian Movement

Understanding pedestrian movement is vital to guiding regeneration, promoting sustainable travel and sustaining the life of a city. Through the delivery of high quality advice, we have helped a diverse range of clients achieve remarkable improvements to their streets and public spaces, transport interchanges, buildings and events.

Pedestrian strategy and consultancy

We provide a wide range of consultancy services to help our clients better understand pedestrian requirements, creating better places for walking and maximising the economic and social benefits of developments. Our expertise extends from strategy planning to detailed design, including the survey and analysis of pedestrian movement, assessing the connectivity of masterplan proposals, and improving the performance of major urban design and transport infrastructure projects.

Our specialist pedestrian analysis tools and techniques support development and infrastructure projects across a range of sectors including retail, education, health and transport. Atkins has led the way in the development and application of pedestrian assessment tools including the Pedestrian Comfort Guidance for London and the Pedestrian Environment Review System (PERS). These tools provide advice on planning excellent pedestrian environments through a clear, consistent process. By working closely with our clients, we are able to pinpoint key issues and identify opportunities as well as a suite of solutions that can help to improve connectivity and enhance the quality of the public realm for all.

Pedestrian Modelling

We have established a strong reputation as an industry leader for developing pedestrian modelling solutions to meet our clients’ specific requirements. We use the latest modelling software, including Fathom and Legion to evaluate, provide guidance and build business cases for a wide range of projects on an international scale.

Our flexible approach to pedestrian modelling allows us to identify the correct tools to meet our clients’ objectives. At a city-wide level, our bespoke spatial analysis tools provide an objective evidence base for identifying desire lines for pedestrian movement and promoting connectivity in the urban realm. At the local level, we apply our pedestrian microsimulation services to complex buildings, stations, airport terminals and the urban realm to provide our clients with evidence-based guidance and assurance in terms of capacity and process planning.


From initial ideas, through to installation management and everything in between - Atkins has the experience and expertise to deliver a unique wayfinding scheme to completion. Click here to find out more.