Policy and Research
WSP’s transport and land-use planning services provide integrated solutions for clients seeking to develop long-term growth policies and strategies. We provide expert analysis of land-use implications and strategic accessibility, as well as advising on planning and policy development, data management, and passengers and goods movement strategies. Our policy experts and research teams are skilled at gathering and exploring national, social, and economic data sets to extract what is most meaningful, providing clients with a platform to inform policy planning and decision-making.
Designing for Safety
Ensuring user safety is a critical aspect of developing any transportation system, anywhere in the world. We fully support highway authorities and transport system operators in meeting this challenge, by drawing upon best practices, incident investigation and prevention, safety review, and audits of vulnerable and non-motorised users. Our entire approach to safety begins with our planning teams and is carried throughout the life-cycle of our projects. WSP is also a global leader in Vision Zero, an initiative that aims to end deaths and injuries caused by pedestrian and transport systems.
WSP helps clients create accessibility plans tailored to specific areas and to meet particular challenges. Through analysis and consultation, we establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) targets and develop GIS applications to support and monitor progress. Our action plans result in improved designs, accessibility, public transport, and travel information. The need to travel and the cost are both reduced, playing an important role in regeneration schemes.
Transportation Modelling & Forecasting
We use the latest transport modelling software and GIS interfaces to construct comprehensive integrated transportation models at local, regional and national levels, displaying them in a single user-friendly environment. We also have the expertise to carry out individual and area-wide intersection assessments using micro-simulation techniques, and to develop complex network models to support regional clients. We model all modes of transportation – pedestrians, vehicles, transit, freight – in order to optimise operational and design solutions.
Financial and Economic Appraisal
WSP helps clients assess the value of proposed transport schemes in either financial or economic terms. Our analysts are highly experienced in applying a broad range of recognised appraisal tools and frameworks, and fully understand the benefits and costs associated with transport infrastructure implementation in diverse geographic and economic contexts. We understand that transport schemes must not only increase user convenience but have a positive environmental and economic impact, improve accessibility and integration, and provide value to our clients and their stakeholders.