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World Transport Consultancy Spring 2008

World Transport Consultancy Spring 2008
Rik Thomas, Editor

In an increasingly interconnected world it would seem that no business today is more truly globalised than the transport consultancy sector. Indeed, the larger consulting firms in the UK appear capable of utilising their expertise to bid for work in essentially any and every nation on the globe.... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Promoting the benefits of public transport in a world made by 'Traffic in Towns'

Promoting the benefits of public transport in a world made by 'Traffic in Towns'

The Colin Buchanan consultancy business went ‘international’ virtually overnight after the publication of the seminal Traffic in Towns report in the mid-1960s by the company’s eponymous founder, according to his son, Malcolm Buchanan, who is now a director at the company. “The British... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Looking both east and west to promote the UK's PPP expertise

Looking both east and west to promote the UK's PPP expertise

The latest international news from consultant Atkins is that, as part of a consortium, it has won a €1.2m contract from the Romanian National Company for Motorways and National Roads (RNCMNR) to develop and implement a pilot... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

EC Harris Expands expertise in Poland

EC Harris has been working in Poland on the Roads programme since 2004 from its two offices in Warsaw and Wroclaw and has specific expertise and experience in understanding and delivering European Investment Bank or Cohesion Fund projects, explains Brian Fitzpatrick, highways sector leader at the... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
The advantages of going where no one else goes

The advantages of going where no one else goes

“For me the most interesting thing about working in places like West Africa is that things actually happen,” says Colin Brader, ITP managing director. “There is... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Advocating bus rapid transit or Nigerias biggest city

Advocating bus rapid transit or Nigerias biggest city

Lagos is one of the world’s largest cities, with a population estimated at approximately 17 million, and, according to Colin Brader, “The lack of formally organised public transport has lead to gross... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
A Hothouse environment for transport planning consultancy work

A Hothouse environment for transport planning consultancy work

Dubai has, in recent years, become something of a byword for eye-wateringly rapid development and nothing has caught the public imagination more than the development of a series of man-made islands off the coast of the emirate. Of course,... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
A glimpse of the future from down under

A glimpse of the future from down under

International transport consultancy is not, of course, a one-way flow of expertise from the UK to the rest of the world. Many consultants that were... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Assisting India with its expansion on the ground and in the air

Assisting India with its expansion on the ground and in the air

Some consultants like to focus on their work in China, or their expertise arranging PPP deals in eastern Europe. But for Mott MacDonald the current ‘flavour of the month’ is undoubtedly India, where the company is involved with a number of... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Accessing the airport via public transport

Accessing the airport via public transport

Mott MacDonald’s Indian operation has been appointed to provide detailed structural and civil designs for part of the Airport Metro Express Line by ASH, a joint... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Boosting UK consultancy using the expertise of staff across the globe

Boosting UK consultancy using the expertise of staff across the globe

According to Anan Allos, director of transport planning at consultancy Scott Wilson, the world, at least as far as professional transport planners are concerned, is becoming much more of a level playing field than has traditionally been the case. What he means by this is we... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Planning for the future as China expands ever faster

Planning for the future as China expands ever faster

Many consultants from the UK are working hard to develop their businesses in China, due largely to the sheer volume of work for transport planning experts as the country expands into a major world economic... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
From Newcastle to New Zealand - Recruiting the best in 2008

From Newcastle to New Zealand - Recruiting the best in 2008

Now in its third year, the Local Transport Today-led recruitment site Jobs-in-Transport.com is attracting increasing numbers of job advertisements and world class applicants from both the UK and overseas. At any one time, there are... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Scott Wilson adds to Polish expressway work

Scott Wilson adds to Polish expressway work

A recent extension to Scott Wilson’s contract on the S69 Expressway will see the international consultancy supervise the construction of Poland’s first road... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

PBA helps with Mauritius plans

Peter Brett Associates has completed an independent review of the current transport strategy of Mauritius. In advising Mauritius, PBA’s sustainable transport specialist, Bob Pinkett, says that he has made use of best practice in world cities in both the developed and developing nations and... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Faber Maunsell to lead new Riga bridge study

Faber Maunsell to lead new Riga bridge study

Faber Maunsell is to be the lead consultant for the Riga Northern Crossing Study. The consultant will provide transport and financial advice to Riga City Council on the... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

Colin Buchanan studies ‘intelligent’ UTMC for Malta

Colin Buchanan has recently completed a study for the Malta Transport Authority (ADT) to examine the feasibility of an UTMC-based intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) for the island. Based on the company’s assessment of Malta’s transport and environmental problems and... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

Delhi airport work for TPi

UK transportation consultancy TPi has been appointed to develop a ground access management plan for the redevelopment and expansion by GMR of the Indian capital Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The company’s appointment to work on Delhi follows the completion of a similar... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

Guangzhou ‘whole city’ bus work for Atkins

Atkins, together with its local partner, Tsinghua Tongfang, has recently signed a contract to work on the Guangzhou Public Transport Monitoring and Dispatching System in the PRC. This project, for the Office of Transport of the Central District of Guangzhou, is claimed by the UK consultant to be... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

Parsons Brinckerhoff to study Hawaii rapid transit

The City and County of Honolulu, Department of Transportation Services (DTS), has awarded a contract to consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide engineering services for the development of a high-capacity transit project. The project will study how to improve the ability of people to move in the... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Steer Davies Gleave analyses future of tolled lorry traffic on key German motorway

Steer Davies Gleave analyses future of tolled lorry traffic on key German motorway

Steer Davies Gleave, as part of the Autobahnplus consortium, has won the first ‘A-Model’ PPP contract to widen and operate the heavily congested A8 between Augsburg and Munich in southern Germany. The A8 is part of the national motorway network, which charges a distance-based truck-toll for all commercial vehicles... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

SDG and MottMac to develop Abu Dhabi masterplan

Steer Davies Gleave and Mott MacDonald have been contracted to support the development of the transport system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The consultancies will develop the surface-transport masterplan (STMP), which will guide the development of transport in the Emirate up to 2030. “The... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
WSP to design Finnish cycling bridge

WSP to design Finnish cycling bridge

WSP has won a competition to design the new Laukonsilta Bridge in Tampere, Finland. This bridge will serve pedestrians and cyclists between the... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Moving away from Car-Dominated Consultancy - Even in the USA

Moving away from Car-Dominated Consultancy - Even in the USA

“Most local [US] consultants tend to offer a very commoditised service based on an auto-driven culture,” says Gordon Henderson, a director at Arup, reflecting on the US transport consultancy sector. “We are more... continue

11 Jul 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

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