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Transport Planning & Assessments

RPS has the key skills and experience in the provision of transportation infrastructure services to meet the challenges of the future.

We are faced with the challenge of finding smart and innovative solutions to transport and movement problems – providing solutions which will support development and economic growth in the context of a sustainable society. We work with public and private sectors alike to develop plans for sustainable transport systems to assist in the delivery of development and planning applications. We integrate the work of our traffic and transport planners and highway engineers with our land use planning and environmental teams.

RPS is a long established industry leader in the preparation and negotiation of Transport Assessments (TA). RPS assess and mitigate transport impact based on relevant guidelines published by the Department for Transport, Welsh Government and Transport Scotland and where relevant, Transport for London and individual highway authorities.

We make sure that the coverage and scope of our TAs are appropriate to reflect the scale of the development proposals and the extent of their transport implications. National and local policy requirements are also reviewed to ensure the development proposals and any required mitigation measures accord with them where appropriate.

Our services include:

Transport policy advice

Development Planning

Transport input into Environmental Statements

Demand and revenue forecasting

Multi-modal studies in integrated land use/transport planning

Urban design/master planning

Transportation modeling

Abnormal Load studies

Delivery and service plans

Construction Management plans

Traffic impact assessments (TIA’s)

Mobility management

Local area plans

Travel Plans

Retail plans

Development planning

Economic and financial assessments

Tolling studies

Congestion management charges

Due diligence for banks/investors

Highway and Infrastructure Engineering

Safety audits

Traffic signage

Traffic calming

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Case Studies

Cherrywood SDZ Traffic and Transportation Study

Cherrywood SDZ Traffic and Transportation Study


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

The aim of the project was to develop a Saturn Model to assess the highway impact of a new district-scale mixed-use development project.

The initial phase of the project included a review of the existing traffic model, existing traffic data and procurement of additional traffic surveys. Following this, a Local Area Model was built from a cordoned-down version of the DTO model. This model was used to assess the impact on the local road network generated by the growth of traffic in the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone lands.

We also developed a Sustainable Traffic and Transport Plan for Cherrywood that identified measures for promoting and encouraging public transport, walking and cycling as preferred modes of travel.

Dublin Light Rail (LUAS)

Dublin Light Rail (LUAS)


Railway Procurement Agency (RPA)

The proposed Dublin Metro represents one of Ireland’s largest and most modern transport infrastructural projects.

RPS was responsible for the successful EIS and assisting at Rail Order Inquiry for the:

Tallaght Luas line

Sandyford Luas line

Sandyford – Cherrywood line extension [Line B1] and are appointed for the EIS for the section from Cherrywood to Bray / Fassaroe [Line B2]

We were the Traffic and Transportation advisor for the Luas line F extension to Lucan. Luas line B1 required 3 major steel viaducts and also the 300m long (Spine Road) underpass to extend the Sandyford Luas line. RPS was the appointed designer and provided technical support to the RPA during their successful on-time construction. RPS are framework consultants for Civil/Structural Engineering elements for Light Rail projects and supported one of the four consortia for the Design-Build for the Metro North as designers.

International Centre for Business and Technology

International Centre for Business and Technology



RPS provided transport and highways advice in connection with the development of BP’s International Centre for Business and Technology.

RPS has provided transport advice throughout the planning cycle ranging from input to the masterplan, to the preparation of a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan, to the successful negotiation of the planning application, to the provision of input to the accompanying Section 106 and 278 Agreements, to the conceptual and detailed design of the highway improvements, to the implementation of the Travel Plan.

We also designed and negotiated a comprehensive package of traffic calming measures to reduce traffic speeds and facilitate the safe crossing of the highway that bisects the site.

RPS continues to provide transport advice in connection with the ongoing development of the site. This includes the preparation of Transport Statements in support of planning applications for individual buildings, construction logistics advice on site access issues, undertaking site safety transport reviews and advising on traffic management and car parking issues.

Mixed-Use Development

Mixed-Use Development


Taylor Wimpey and Bovis

RPS has provided Transport and Highways advice in connection with the new town of Cambourne, Cambridgeshire since the initial concept was developed.

Planning consent exists for a mixed use development of 4,250 dwellings and associated community, retail, education and leisure facilities together with 70,000m2 of Business Park.

Cambourne has been designed so that nearly all journey purposes can be undertaken within the town and these journeys can be made by sustainable modes of travel, including by foot. This has been achieved through the careful integration of the spatial, land use and transport strategies for the town.

We successfully negotiated legal agreements covering off-site highway and infrastructure and provision of public transport to serve the site and surrounding area. We also designed and supervised the construction of the off-site highway infrastructure which included a dual carriageway extension of the A428 and a bypass of Caxton.

RPS also derived and agreed a Travel Plan for Upper Cambourne with the Local Highway Authority and is currently implementing it.

Tilbury Power Station

Tilbury Power Station


RWE npower Plc

RPS provided transport input to an application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) for a gas fired power station.

We prepared a Transport Assessment (TA) and Traffic and Transport Chapter for the Environmental Statement that was prepared in support of the application. We also produced Travel Plans and Traffic Management Plans for both the construction and operational phases of the development.

The TA focussed on the construction period of the development, including construction workers and the movement of materials.

A transport strategy was developed to mitigate the transport impact associated with 2,000 construction workers accessing the construction site over an 18 month period. The strategy included maximising the use of sustainable modes, efficiently managing shift arrival and departure times and introducing initiatives that encourage the use of alternative modes to travelling alone by car.

RPS liaised with the Highways Agency and the Local Highway Authority throughout the initial IPC process in order to alleviate any transport concerns associated with the development proposals.

RPS also produced a Socio-economic Chapter for the Environmental Statement.

University of Reading

University of Reading


RPS provided a range of Transport services for a number of University developments.

Our services included Transport and Highways, Flood Risk, Ground Conditions, Noise, Air Quality, Waste Management and Environmental advice for a comprehensive range of developments both on and off the main campus.

Reporting includes Environmental Constraints Report, Transport Assessments and Travel Plans assessing the traffic and travel impacts and proposing mitigation as well as providing a supervisory service to ensure the species protection on site as well monitoring the implementation of the Construction Environmental Management Plan.