Active and Sustainable Travel

Active travel relates to physical trip making, i.e. walking and cycling; whereas sustainable travel also encompasses the use of public transport, car sharing and technology to reduce car use. Active and sustainable travel fall under the Smarter Travel initiative, a national behavioural change programme aimed at supporting people in choosing more sustainable options to travel to schools, universities and workplaces. Key skills within Transport Insights’ team include:

  • baseline survey data collection and analysis
  • on and off-site facility, infrastructure and accessibility audits
  • defining travel plan working group’s terms of reference
  • stakeholder engagement
  • formulation, monitoring and review of effective and deliverable Action Plans.

Transport Insights’ extensive experience in this area includes the development of a university travel plan in Galway; a mobility management plan for a large commercial development in West Dublin; a transport accessibility review for a major mixed-use campus in Dublin City, and providing behavioural change support to employers and campuses throughout Ireland, and schools in Dublin.

Feasibility Studies

A feasibility study evaluates the technical merits of a specific development or transport proposal. Such studies can be undertaken at various stages in the development lifecycle of a scheme, and seek to deliver value for money by maximising benefits, while concurrently minimising delivery costs and risks. Where necessary, options to overcome identified delivery challenges can be developed and assessed. Key feasibility assessment skills within Transport Insights’ team include:

  • traffic engineering, including scheme layout and road / street design
  • development trip generation and mode share analysis
  • traffic and transport modelling
  • GIS / catchment area analysis
  • parking impact analysis
  • transport policy alignment reviews
  • demand forecasting, economic and financial appraisal.

Relevant recent Transport Insights’ experience includes feasibility assessments for a range of major commercial, residential and mixed-use development proposals throughout Ireland, and feasibility study support for a major metro extension project in Eastern Europe.

GIS and Data Analysis

Transport planning, development and investment decision making is reliant on a robust evidence base, and a wealth of data at a national level (census, national travel surveys etc.) can provide key data upon which to base analysis. Where appropriate, national data can be supplemented by bespoke data collection at a local level to gain a better understanding of transport network use and performance. Relevant skills within Transport Insights’ team include:

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) including ArcGIS, QGIS and PostgreSQL / PostGIS
  • census data analysis, including population, employment and customer catchment analysis
  • spreadsheet and database analysis
  • network and walkability analysis
  • public transport wait time, walk time and in-transit analysis
  • traffic, parking and public transport survey data collection and analysis
  • traffic and transport scenario development and modelling.

Recent Transport Insights experience includes GIS accessibility analysis for proposed sustainable transport schemes throughout Ireland; census population and employment catchment area analysis for proposed retail developments in Dublin; and traffic and parking data collection and analysis for existing sites and redevelopment proposals.

Parking Analysis

Car parking is both a key transport asset for a development or an urban area, and an important transport demand management tool. From a developer’s perspective, local authority car parking standards, and/ or site specific constraints can impose restrictions on capacity, necessitating innovative approach to manage utilisation. While parking represents an important potential revenue source, it also needs to support the commercial needs of a business or urban area. Key skills within Transport Insights’ team include:

  • survey specification and supervision
  • occupancy, turnover and duration of stay analysis
  • forecasting future parking accumulation profiles and parking impacts
  • modelling of parking arrival and choice behaviours
  • identification and assessment of parking management options
  • parking pricing definition
  • car park layout and access design
  • park and ride planning and analysis.

Transport Insights’ team has extensive experience of analysing and advising clients nationwide, in private and public sectors on the operation, management and expansion of car parking facilities, with the outputs summarised within Parking Statements and Parking Strategies.

Public Transport

Due to economic growth and associated traffic congestion, public transport has a particularly important role to play in urban areas, however determining the most appropriate intervention and specification, requires a thorough understanding of their operating characteristics, costs, benefits, and deliverability constraints. Key skills within Transport Insights’ team includes:

  • public transport network and service reviews
  • accessibility analysis
  • ticketing, boarding / alighting data collection and analysis
  • demand forecasting – corridor and network modelling
  • park and ride, and public transport interchange planning and design
  • economic and financial appraisal
  • stakeholder engagement.

Recent Transport Insights’ experience includes a public transport accessibility review for a Dublin local authority; a feasibility assessment for a major metro extension project in Eastern Europe; and analysis, advice and a related Transport Submission in response to proposals to competitively tender public bus services on behalf of commercial bus operators.

Traffic and Transport Modelling

Transport and traffic modelling can be used to assess a need for a transport intervention or the traffic impacts of a specific development proposal; to advise on the specification / design of a road or public transport improvement scheme; or to underpin a scheme’s economic and financial appraisal.

Our team utilises the most appropriate traffic modelling software packages, including the following junction, microsimulation and network modelling packages:

  • ARCADY – prediction of capacities, queues, delays and accidents at roundabouts
  • PICADY – prediction of capacities, queues, delays and accidents at isolated priority junctions
  • LinSig – design and assessment tool for traffic signal junctions and urban networks
  • TRANSYT – traffic network and isolated intersection analysis tool
  • PTV VISSIM – microscopic multi-modal traffic flow simulation network software
  • SATURN – traffic simulation and assignment modelling software
  • bespoke spreadsheet based demand forecasting and appraisal.

Recent transport modelling experience includes traffic modelling for a Local Area Plan in North Dublin and for a major retail development in Cork City; and demand forecasting for a major metro renewal programme and metro extension project in Eastern Europe, and for a cross-border greenway scheme in Ireland.

Traffic Engineering and Management

Traffic engineering and management relates to the development of customised solutions to enhance existing infrastructure, or the development of new schemes to enhance network capacity and/or efficiency. Our team has extensive traffic engineering experience, applying the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS) in urban areas, and the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) in rural areas as best practice guidelines. Relevant skills within Transport Insights’ team include:

  • road / street, pedestrian and cycle facility design
  • junction design, including visibility splay assessments, swept path analysis and traffic signal design
  • development scheme layout and network design
  • traffic calming and signage scheme design
  • traffic and speed survey data collection, analysis
  • intelligent transport systems (ITS)
  • demand management – option identification and appraisal
  • traffic management plan (TMP) and construction traffic management plan (CTPM) development
  • road safety audits.

Recent Transport Insights’ experience includes a local road design scheme in South Dublin, traffic engineering support to the development of multiple renewable energy projects in rural Ireland, demand management advice to Cork local authorities, and the development of a construction traffic management plan for a major commercial development site in Dublin City Centre.

Transport Appraisal

Transport appraisal plays a critical role in the development of transport schemes and programmes, informing decision makers on the relative merit or priority of a transport scheme or programme, with the outputs of an appraisal generally forming an essential input to the Business Case. Our team has experience of undertaking transport appraisals in accordance with DTTAS’s Common Appraisal Framework for Transport Projects and Programmes, DfT’s Transport Analysis Guidance, and the EU’s Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects. Key appraisal skills within Transport Insights’ team include:

  • baseline evidence reviews and data analysis
  • identification of key economic, social, environment and commercial challenges, and scheme objectives
  • defining scheme benefits and costs
  • multi-criteria analysis (MCA), cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA)
  • TUBA – transport economic appraisal software
  • bespoke spreadsheet based economic and financial appraisal
  • transport demand forecasting.

Recent Transport Insights’ appraisal experience includes the development of a sustainable transport case for a cross-border greenway project in Ireland, economic and financial appraisal of metro renewal programme in Eastern Europe, and a review of the demand forecasting and appraisal approach underpinning a major proposed transport scheme in Dublin.

Transport Assessments

Transport Assessments (TAs) or Transport Statements (TSs) seek to assess the impact of a development proposal on the road network. Key considerations include traffic impacts, safe and efficient site access and egress, and the impacts on active and sustainable travel modes. Our team has extensive experience of undertaking transport assessments in accordance with Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s Traffic and Transport Assessment Guidelines in successfully securing planning approval for development. Skills within Transport Insights’ team that are key to transport assessments include:

  • local authority pre-planning scoping engagement
  • site assessments and audits
  • traffic survey data specification, procurement, collection and analysis
  • traffic and transport modelling (ARCADY, PICADY, LinSig, SATURN etc.)
  • parking accumulation analysis and parking impact assessments
  • construction traffic management planning (CTMP)
  • third party advice and transport submissions.

Transport Insights recent experience in this area include a Transport Assessment for residential Local Area Plan (LAP) in North Dublin, a Transport Assessment for a proposed retail development in Cork, and an EIS Traffic and Transport Assessment for a biopharmaceutical headquarters development in West Dublin.