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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, transport infrastructure needs to cope with both the demands of today and the needs of future generations.

Connecting people with places is increasingly important in today’s economy especially in the face of a growing population. As global demand to travel for business, leisure and to find work surges, transport infrastructure needs to cope with both the challenges of today and the needs of future generations.

Around the world, our people are working on projects that help to shape the future of transportation – designing structures that connect cities and towns, managing highways assets and ensuring sustainable solutions really work.

Delivering a transport network fit for the 21st Century and beyond is great but not insurmountable. At Atkins, we work closely with our clients and partners across government, financial institutions, private developers and contractors to build efficient mobility systems that unlock long term economic growth while meeting important social and environmental benefits.

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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. We are the provider and employer of choice for many transport planning and management advisory services.

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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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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Roger Cruickshank
19 Dec 2016

Only last week the headline ‘look no hands’ was pasted across a Dubai newspaper, confirming that a car had driven the 100 km journey itself between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Maybe the introduction of mainstream driverless cars isn’t too far off after all.  Dubai actually already has the longest Connected and Autonomous vehicle (CAV), in the form of its Metro, which has been running with ‘no hands’ since 2009.  And those in the taxi business might say that the ability to order and direct a vehicle  is a proxy CAV; the International Road Transport Union (IRU)  recently revealed that their UpTop scheme (bringing global taxi apps onto one platform) has attracted more than double the number of vehicles using Uber. The notion of driverless is not new: besides several metros around the world, driverless lifts and elevators have been around for decades, as has the autopilot button that gets pressed when we fly across the globe. We’ve in fact been using driverless transport for years with a strong safety record.  But CAVs (and their offshoots) are likely to have a greater impact than the first jet airliners of the early 1960s.  At Atkins, a design, engineering and project management consultancy, we consider that this new means of travel and the data generated by its introduction, will touch every part of the built environment - a real eye opener.  We are ourselves leading the UK development of an independent test site for, and a market leading capability in, autonomous vehicles, investigating the

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Liam Harrison
30 Nov 2016

Nowhere is this more important than in the Northern Powerhouse, where our clients are looking to use investments in transportation to not only create better connectivity to the rest of the UK, but to stimulate the jobs, housing and development the region needs to flourish. With so many people looking at stations to help advance their cause, it’s crucial that we develop a masterplan and concept design that works for infrastructure owners, local and strategic planners as well as developers and investors. It’s imperative that we ensure all stakeholders’ views are taken into account on a new station, particularly at the early stages of projects, to develop a scheme that works for both the city and the wider region and builds confidence in its ability to deliver the anticipated benefits. It’s vital that the station can benefit each and every stakeholder, without compromising the overarching objective, whether it be to deliver high speed rail or upgrade an existing station. It’s about creating partnerships with shared goals, where people understand both what is best for them and what is best for the greater good of everyone involved – where everyone works together to ensure a station achieves value for everyone. A great example of this is Leeds Station, where we’re working with a carefully selected team to develop the masterplan that will transform the station into a distinctive, modern destination and fully integrated national transport hub. This will be a true partnership, combining each company’s unique expertise to deliver an integrated masterplan

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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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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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Atkins was commissioned by Highways England to evaluate the performance of schemes delivered as part of their Major Schemes, LNMS and Pinch Point programmes, using Post Opening Project Evaluation (POPE). The range of products prepared as part of the POPE commissions has offered a number of benefits to Highways England. Firstly, it offers a transparent mechanism by which Highways England; Department for Transport and parliamentary ministers can confidently demonstrate the extent to which individual schemes and the programme as a whole offer a return on investment to customers and wider stakeholders.  Furthermore, it offers a means by which the following can be provided: Detailed explanation of why specific scheme objectives and outcomes may not have been achieved, helping to identify lessons for future appraisals; Forms an evidence base to help identify where appraisal methods are most and least reliable, flagging up opportunities to improve appraisal methods, producing greater accuracy in the future; and  It provides a means by which industry best practice in scheme design and appraisal techniques can be disseminated. Throughout this project, Atkins has built up an excellent working relationship with Highways England and is the leader in Europe for the unrivalled experience we have in highway scheme evaluation. The results of all Atkins studies are of considerable interest to Highways England and the Department for Transport for the delivery against project objectives.  

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Atkins was contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT) to model the impact of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) on the road network. Autonomous vehicles could revolutionise driving for millions and permanently impact the way we travel. They will also change the face of how we plan, design and operate transport infrastructure. This project seeks to understand and quantify how CAVs will affect road capacity, ranging from traffic lights to motorways, and accounting for different technologies. National policy decisions around big infrastructure projects need to be taken years, sometimes decades in advance. The outputs of this work will help the DfT understand how CAVs might change the operation of the road network, shaping thinking around a number of issues, from safety policy to road construction.

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Atkins Traffic Modelling and Economic Assessment teams have investigated the Economic case and appraising potential highway based options for the A5036 Corridor from the M57 ‘Switch Island’ interchange to the Port of Liverpool. As part of an initial feasibility study for Highways England, Atkins Transport Modelling team took the lead on the development of a strategic traffic model that enabled the understanding of future year transport conditions along this key corridor. This involved close working relationships with the client (Highways England), Sefton Council, the Port of Liverpool and other key stakeholders (such as the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership). Outputs from the traffic model were supplied to colleagues from Atkins Air and Noise Quality, Environmental and Planning disciplines as well as providing essential information for an Economic Assessment exercise.  The results of the feasibility study suggested that improving the A5036 would result in ‘high value for money’ and helped to secure a place on the Highways England’s National Infrastructure Road Programme. The transport planning team are now leading the ‘Stage 2’ phase of the traffic appraisal / model development.

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Atkins has been awarded the contract for the Turkey National Transport Masterplan, to collect traffic data across the country, develop a transport model and identify key transport infrastructure investment projects over the next 30 years. Although the work will be led by Transportation, the project win was a result of a collaborative effort between the Transportation and Water Ground and Environment teams at the bid stage. Funded by EuropeAid, the work on the project will also include providing expertise on how the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication in Turkey and other institutions need to change so they are able to deliver the infrastructure investment as successfully as possible. Atkins are collaborating with lead partner Egis, who have already been working with the Turkish government in the early development phase. The team, built a relationship with Egis ahead of the bid, and unrivalled skills in transportation were a good fit with Egis’ capabilities. This project win gives Atkins the opportunity to build durable client relations and capitalise on a project of huge significance for Turkey in the longer term. In addition to building a national transport model for the country which will be used to forecast travel projections, the team are assisting with components of the Masterplan Strategy, with a particular focus on Intelligent Transport Systems and Air Transport and Navigation. The work also involves utilising the outcomes of the National Masterplan to inform the development of guidelines for Urban Transportation plans. Atkins are leading on this element of the project. As

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Products

JOURNEY PLANNING PORTAL (JPP)

Journey Planning Portal  

The Journey Planning Portal (JPP) is a web application for employers to reduce their carbon footprint by encouraging sustainable travel.
http://journeyplanningportal.com

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/

Locations

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

Lesley Waud
Market director, strategic highways

Chadwick House
Birchwood Park
Warrington
WA3 6AE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01925 238 386
Email: Lesley.waud@atkinsglobal.com

Resources

In this section you can find technical papers, thought leadership articles and brochures produced by Atkins for the roads sector.

Title Format Size
Bridges pdf 5.3MB
European Funding pdf 2.5MB

In this section you can find technical papers, thought leadership articles and brochures produced by Atkins for the roads sector.

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

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