TRANSPORT PLANNING

Transportation can have a vital influence on a community's economic health and quality of life. Effective transportation planning makes the difference in bringing these benefits to reality. HKK customer-focused approach has made us a leader in transportation planning. Our staff has international experience in urban, suburban, and rural environments.

We provide a full range of transportation planning services including these:

  • Transportation planning
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic engineering
  • GIS and data management
  • Transit and multimodal transportation
  • Transportation finance and economics
  • Integrated land use and transportation planning
  • Sustainable transportation planning
 

Bus rapid transit

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Our bus rapid transit (BRT) experts employ bespoke technologies and techniques aimed at providing a step change in the quality of bus service provision – to provide a faster, more reliable and seamless experience. BRT schemes are increasingly viewed as a vital part of the transport tool kit, offering future-focused solutions for easing congestion, improving accessibility, and enhancing social inclusion in towns and cities.

Features of BRT systems can range from network-wide initiatives to junction priority and corridor specific enhancements – including dedicated track and guidance. Guidance provided can include mechanical (either kerb or slot guidance), electrical or optical guidance systems. Key attributes include:

  • Reliable and rapid journey times
  • Integrated design of infrastructure and vehicles for comfort, quality and improved access
  • Silent, high performance and low/no emission at source propulsion including diesel electric hybrid, fuel cells and trolley bus traction
  • Close tolerance docking allowing passengers to board and leave buses without a large step
  • Reliable real time information advising waiting times to the next bus
  • Readily identifiable and visible product enhancing the quality of the public transport offering

 

cable cars

Although there are thousands of cable car systems in operation around the world, only a handful are used to provide urban transport. The urban cable car is a relatively new idea, but as it utilises existing technology in a new application, it is also proven and reliable.

HKK’s expertise in all rail, bus, road and personal rapid transit (PRT) systems means we can effectively integrate cable cars within a transport network at minimum cost. Our extensive knowledge of site conditions and links to the different manufacturers means we can select the right cable car system to suit your specific needs.

We have a deep understanding of the need to meet geometrical and structural constraints, such as maximising cable gradients and aligning the system between end or intermediate stations. We can also help you meet regulatory requirements, such as the EU Cableways Directive.

Our specialists undertake risk assessments and prepare safety cases considering safety critical systems/resilience, hierarchy of response and evacuation methods. We match capacity to demand, which is influenced by system selection, code safety requirements and maximum span.

The business cases we produce include patronage forecasting, funding, fare revenues and corporate sponsorship as well as benefits such as regeneration. We also collaborate closely with stakeholders to foster support and understanding.

Our cable car specialists can provide a complete service from feasibility right through to delivery. Key services include:

  • Project and design management
  • Full design service, including civil, structural,
  • mechanical, electrical and utilities engineering
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Site investigations
  • Securing planning approvals and consents
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Quantity surveying and procurement
  • Design assurance
  • Construction supervision

Demand forecasting

Although demand forecasting can never be an exact science, our highly experienced practitioners can help minimise risk.

Demand forecasting draws on evidence from the past and seeks to use mathematical models to predict the future. These may be complex multi-modal transport models using software such as CUBE, VISUM or EMME, or they may be simpler models based on spreadsheets. What is as important as the models themselves are the people behind them and their ability to make best use of the available data to optimise the models, but also to quantify risks and ensure that these are managed.

Our experts provide objective and considered demand forecasts. They are used to working across the continents and adapting their approach to local conditions.

We recognise the risks involved in seeking to predict the future and have developed a comprehensive suite of best practice papers to seek to instil a high degree of conformity and robustness into our approach.

 

Light rapid transit(LRT)

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Light rapid transit (LRT) vehicles can negotiate sharper curves and steeper gradients than main line railways. They blend seamlessly into the urban environment and create no street-level pollution by using electrical power. Good acceleration and short stopping distances allow stops to be placed in convenient positions while the system provides a fast and frequent service. LRT systems are beneficial in that they:

  • Provide a reliable and efficient service, avoiding traffic congestion
  • Often provide easy access to city centres, running right into pedestrianised areas, without the hassle of parking requirements
  • Offer a quiet, smooth and comfortable journey in an aesthetically-pleasing vehicle
  • Are environmentally friendly (there are zero emissions at street level)
  • Provide a safe, affordable, high capacity service
  • Often have interchanges with other forms of public transport
  • Can operate underground, overground, at ground level, on steep gradients and around tight corners
  • Offer close tolerance docking, to allow passengers to board and exit easily and fully comply with disabled passengers' access requirements

We deliver leading edge LRT expertise. We've amassed an impressive track record in delivering LRT projects which means we’re well positioned to advise on all aspects of the development and integration of projects from conceptual planning and application for powers through to contract preparation, construction, commissioning and post- maintenance. Our commitment is reflected in our ongoing success and award wins.

The scope of services we provide includes:

  • Asset audits
  • Business case development
  • Contract and procurement advice
  • Detailed design and system specification
  • Demand and revenue forecasts
  • Due diligence
  • Feasibility studies and design development
  • Funding agreements and applications
  • Operations and maintenance including depots
  • Promotion of planning applications
  • Project and programme management
  • Rolling stock
  • Scheme costing and appraisal
  • Strategic area-wide planning
  • Traffic engineering, transport planning and modelling

Mobility & accessibility

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Halkin Group delivers efficient and reliable transport systems that offer greater connectivity, helping more people move with greater ease to access the range of services and facilities they need.

Barriers preventing access to transport may be physical – as often seen with disabled or older people – or financial, in relation to the cost of transport or fears over safety and security – or they may arise from a failure of a system to provide services needed. Our mobility and accessibility experts provide leading solutions to resolve these challenges.

The mobility and accessibility solutions we offer take into account all physical and operational limitations, making access to essential services seamless and efficient.

At the outset we use GIS tools and pedestrian models and site audits to review facilities in order to assess the degree to which barriers may be imposed on potential travellers. In addition we may undertake market research both with existing travellers but more importantly with non-travellers in order to assess the degree to which demand may be suppressed and the potential benefit of improvements.

Our skillset covers the design of new facilities such as railway stations and airports and the ability to retrofit mobility needs into smaller facilities to meet equality legislation. We also undertake strategic reviews on legislation compliance.

Our team provides accessibility modelling and non-motorised user audit services as tools to assess accessibility and mobility. We are also skilled at working with groups vulnerable to social exclusion to establish their needs and to ensure that the transport development is inclusive.

Traffic strategy management

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Our traffic management consultants offer realistic and sustainable solutions that help clients manage the challenges and changes experienced from congestion, providing improved road networks with environmental, economic and social benefits.

Our management and control measures help ensure road networks operate at the maximum level of efficiency. Traffic management and control comprises measures such as traffic signals and other junction layout improvements which help optimise traffic circulation. In more complex urban areas, urban traffic control systems can be provided which link traffic signals to other transport management systems.

Increasingly, more innovative solutions such as managed motorways are being developed where road space can be reallocated automatically and speed limits varied in order to maximise road capacity.

We have traffic engineers with extensive expertise in the design of individual junctions and signal experts who can develop complex urban traffic control systems using SCOOT and MOVA. We also have a range of system integration tools which help ensure urban traffic control systems are linked to variable message signs, car park management.

We also use micro-simulation tools including VISSIM, PARAMICS and AIMSUM to replicate traffic conditions and enable alternative scenarios to be tested.