Transport Appraisal and Modelling

Appraisal and Economics

  • Rail Station Choice (2009) – To assist DfT, Atkins, Mott MacDonald and Jacobs with their PLANET modelling of rail network capacity, travel times to rail stations across central and northern England were calculated by car, cycle, bus and walking. This showed the choices that customers face when deciding which station to use when accessing the national rail network. The work ensures that access to the rail network is included more accurately resulting in more robust modelling of rail travel demand.
  • Appraisal of economic and location impacts of dualling the A9 Perth to Inverness Trunk Road (2007) – This project for HITRANS in being undertaken jointly with Scott Wilson and is considering the ways in which the A9 trunk road affects business viability and growth.
  • Evaluation of the Economic and Social Impacts of the Skye Bridge (2006) – This work for Highlands and Islands Enterprise and HITRANS is reviewing how ferry, bridge and price changes have affected travel patterns in the ten years since the Skye bridge opened.
  • Park and Ride Evaluation and Development in Aberdeenshire (2005) – For Aberdeenshire Council as part of the SustAccess initiative. This project reviewed park and ride options and opportunities covering both theory and practice. It included user and operator surveys and made suggested for future development.
  • Development and Transport in the Inner Moray Firth (2005) – This project for Highlands and Islands Enterprise reviewed the implications of planned development in the Inner Moray Firth, particularly on the strategic road network.
  • Dualling the A9 and A96 (2005) – A review and cost estimate was undertaken for Highlands and Islands Enterprise of the scale of the task involved in dualling routes to Inverness.
  • Appraisal of Laurencekirk station reopening (2004) (PDF, 146KB) – DHC assisted Scott Wilson in the appraisal of the reopening of this station in Aberdeenshire, by developing an accessibility model for North East Scotland and appraising economic development and accessibility impacts.
  • Transport Needs in Scotland’s First National Park (2004) (PDF, 136KB) – This project for the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park authority involved surveys and consultation with residents, businesses and public agencies stakeholders to develop recommendations for transport and accessibility improvements.
  • Accessibility in the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) (2003) (PDF, 84KB) – Developing guidance on accessibility and social inclusion appraisal within Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) for the Scottish Executive. The work clarified how accessibility fits within appraisal and, provided examples of best practice in analysing accessibility and distributional issues.
  • Clyde Corridor Transport Study (2003) – This study for Glasgow City Council with Scott Wilson investigated what roads and transport infrastructure and services are necessary to support £2billion development proposals of the Clyde Corridor in Glasgow.
  • Central Scotland Transport Corridor Studies (2001) – This work assisted MVA in assessing alternative transport strategies in three motorway corridors around Glasgow for the Scottish Executive. This allowed the distribution of the impacts of the alternative strategies to be assessed.

Also see Transport Economics and Appraisal News and Features.

Modelling and Economics

Also see Transport Modelling News and Features.

  • Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (2005) – For Transport Initiatives Edinburgh Ltd./Scott Wilson Consultants. Economic and location impacts, and accessibility and social inclusion impact effects were analyses and appraised for this £500m scheme. The work also involved consulting with relevant agencies, developing an accessibility model and testing the economic, social and distribution of various approaches to the project delivery.
  • Pedestrian Crossing Assessments in West Lothian (2005) – This project reviewed the location and design of zebra and pelican crossings in the West Lothian area to ensure that pedestrians of all ages could walk safely to shops, school and other local services and activities. Various changes were recommended and implemented to improve efficiency and safety.
  • Scottish Household Survey Topic report – Accessibility and Transport (2004-05) (PDF, 108KB) – Project for the Scottish Executive with Napier University. Making connections between policy-driven and data-driven approaches to accessibility problems.
  • Improving Accessibility and Social Inclusion for Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen Airports (2004)BAA Scottish Airports commissioned this work as part of their site travel planning to identify how to improve access to employment opportunities and catchments for the airports.
  • Public Transport Coverage in Greater Manchester (2003) (PDF, 127KB) – For Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and DfT this project reviewed approaches for quantifying the utility that local public transport networks provide in getting people to places to which they need, or want, to travel, with a particular emphasis on the needs of socially excluded and “travel poor” groups and communities.
  • City Region Boundaries Study (2002) This work for the Scottish Executive and looked at travel to work patterns, transport links, housing market areas and retail catchments for each of Scotland’s four largest cities. It was used to inform the national review of strategic planning and the national cities review.
  • Development of an Accessibility Model for Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive (2002) – This project with Steer Davis Gleave assessed accessibility modelling needs for SPT, and specified how these could be met through the development of an accessibility model.

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