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Transport Planning and Engineering Consultants
  • Land Use Assessment
    Land Use Assessment Looking to ensure your development provides the best transport outcomes and maximises its attractiveness to the market and its users?

    We have capabilities and can assist you in the following specific work areas:
    • Transport Impact Assessments
    • Development Approvals (DAs)
    • Expert Witness
    • Peer Reviews
    • Green Travel Plans
    • Construction Traffic Management Plans
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  • Transport Interchange Planning
    Transport Interchange Planning Need assistance to develop efficient and functional multi-modal interchanges to improve the customer experience? Having difficulties understanding how the various modes of transport interact?

    We have capabilities and can assist you in the following specific work areas:
    • Scoping Studies
    • Concept Design Development
    • Pedestrian Movement/Capacity Analysis
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  • Traffic Engineering
    Traffic Engineering Limited road space has to be shared by bicycles, motorcycles, cars, vans, trucks, taxis, buses and trams. As traffic engineers, we regularly assess how you can make the most of the existing road space to provide the greatest benefit to all road users.

    We have capabilities and can assist you in the following specific traffic engineering areas:
    • Intersection modelling and priority studies
    • Town Centre Transport Studies
    • Road Corridor Studies
    • Local Area Traffic Management
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  • Bus Planning
    Bus Planning With buses able to efficiently transport large numbers of people resulting in less congestion on the road network, it makes good sense that they are as reliable and attractive as possible for the travelling public.

    We have capabilities and can assist you in the following specific work areas:
    • Bus Network Reviews and Planning
    • Bus Priority Planning and Design
    • Bus Operations Planning and Analysis
    • Bus Surveys
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  • Active Travel Planning
    Active Travel Planning What barriers can be removed to encourage more people to walk and cycle for transport and leisure? PeopleTrans understand the importance of developing costed walking and cycling strategies to inform investment in quality sustainable transport infrastructure.

    We have capabilities and can assist you in the following specific work areas:
    • Walking Strategies
    • Bicycle Strategies
    • Bicycle Parking Strategies
    • Bicycle Signage Strategies
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  • Research & Innovation
    Research & Innovation PeopleTrans are always looking to be challenged on projects that are sometimes out of left field.

    Our transport research skills are excellent and we are always looking to use innovation to find solutions on our projects. Example projects include:
    • Traffic and Parking Generation Research
    • GPS Car and Bus Travel Time Surveys
    • Spatial Data Analysis and Presentation
  • International Approach
    International Approach

    Our planning team see the importance in exploring outside our isolated Australian shores to assess first-hand what is happening in the world when it comes to innovation in traffic engineering and transport planning.

    Our people have worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia and we seek what works best around the world and, where relevant, apply it to our projects.

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Traffic Engineering & Transport Planning

  • Land Use Assessment
  • Transport Interchange Planning
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Bus Planning
  • Active Travel Planning
  • Research & Innovation
  • International Approach

view across a city

PeopleTrans regularly works in partnership with Developers, Architects, Town Planners & Government to help deliver land use projects of all shapes and sizes whether that be residential, commercial or retail. Our advice is based on a clear understanding of the relevant planning systems and the traffic engineering technical standards as they relate to land use and transport. Our traffic reports reflect a real understanding of the project and location and do not apply the “cookie cutter” approach sometimes employed by others in the industry.

We understand that every site is unique, presenting its own set of challenges and opportunities, often with strict delivery timeframes and realise that sometimes there is a need to look beyond what the standards say In developing solutions. We are specialists in this field with strong traffic engineering capabilities, are well respected and have a reputation for delivering real outcomes on both simple and complex projects.

transport interchange

PeopleTrans understand that the principles of quality, useability, legibility and operational efficiency are things that all have to be in place in order for a transport interchange to operate effectively. Interchanges are becoming more important as the transport network densities increase and the requirement for interchanging between modes increases. As such, it is important to ensure that any interchange is as seamless as possible.

We understand the complexity of movement between all modes at transport interchanges which is often underestimated or in some cases overlooked and have the planning tools and expertise to ensure the design of interchanges incorporates the needs of all users. We have successfully delivered interchange scoping studies and also have experience in concept design and traffic and access impact assessments related to interchanges.

Traffic engineering and transport planning

The field of traffic engineering is constantly evolving as the expectations of the community change and as new technology is developed.  Over time the density of our cities have increased and the fixed road resources have become more valuable.  While historically, traffic engineering was about simply checking that an intersection could achieve the required flow of vehicles, today, traffic engineers must ensure all vehicles work together to maximise the available resources for all road users and the people within those vehicles.  Bicycles, motorcycles, vans, trucks, taxis, buses and trams all have to share the road and there are often competing demands for road space.

buses in the city

PeopleTrans understand the important role buses have to play in delivering the overall transport task. Our staff are regular bus commuters so understand from a user perspective the importance of comfort and reliability when it comes to bus travel.

We have completed a number of complex bus priority planning projects both in Australia and the United Kingdom, focussed primarily on the development of infrastructure improvements to reduce travel times. We also have specialist knowledge of bus network planning, reviews and bus operations and have applied detailed traffic engineering analysis on many bus projects.

people walking

Walking & cycling are modes which are becoming increasingly important in reducing the reliance on private car use and probably more so in contributing to a healthier community.

Whether you require high level planning on an area wide scale, planning and design of a particular route or simple advice related to a development, PeopleTrans can help you. We have experience in this field from both the United Kingdom and Australia.

bicycle flying over people

PeopleTrans are always looking to be challenged on projects that are sometimes out of left field. These projects often require thinking outside of the square relying on the latest technology to deliver the answers.

We are also interested in seeing the traffic engineering and transport planning industry progress, so undertaking transport related research projects which assist other practitioners and the industry as a whole is one of PeopleTrans' core values.

international approach

Our planning team see the importance in exploring outside our isolated Australian shores to assess first-hand what is happening in the world when it comes to innovation in traffic engineering and transport planning.

Our people have worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia and we seek what works best around the world and, where relevant, apply it to our projects. In 2015/2016 our staff spent time exploring key cities across the globe including Hong Kong, New York and Barcelona to discover transport planning strategies and examples of quality engineering to apply to our projects.

Sydney's Growth Centres - Room for 1.7 million people?

In February 2017, we heard Lucy Turnbull AO from the Greater Sydney Commission explain how Sydney was going to house an additional 1.7 million people between now and 2036.  On average, that is a net increase of around 240 people per day over 20 years.  Based on an average housing occupancy of 2.6 [1] , that means that around 33,500 new homes will need to be built every year between now and 2036 just to maintain the current levels of housing demand in Sydney! Last financial year, approximately 30,000 homes were completed which is the most since 2000 [2], but still below the level needed to improve affordability.

There are many areas around Sydney that are seeing incredible growth at the moment.  The wider Badgery’s Creek Airport is currently being developed and there are brownfield developments around historically industrial areas like Green Square and Waterloo and greenfield developments in the north-west and south-west of Sydney.  The north-west and south-west growth centres are aligned to new infrastructure projects; the Sydney Metro Northwest and the South West Rail Link.  The NSW Government is still deciding on a potential rail link to the new western Sydney airport.

When complete, the North West Priority Growth Centre, approximately 40km north-west of Sydney, will be home to around 200,000 people [3].  It is one of the largest greenfield development areas in Australia and until recently, it was mostly farmland and large residential lots.

The initial planning for Growth Centres in Sydney goes back to 2003 where the NSW Government started encouraging the supply of greenfield land for urban development. The strategic vision for the North West Priority Growth Centre is set out in the North West Structure Plan, which was adopted by the NSW Government in 2006.  There are 16 Precincts in the North West Priority Growth Centre, of which 12 are located within the Blacktown LGA.  The others are located in The Hills and Hawkesbury LGAs.  The North West Priority Growth Centre and its precincts are shown below.

north west priority growth centre map

Image:  planning.nsw.gov.au

To support the growth of the North West Centre the major piece of infrastructure currently being built is the Metro Northwest train project which will extend initially from Cudgegong Road to Epping, then to the Sydney CBD and through to Sydenham and Bankstown.  There are also a number of new roads and road widening projects in the area to cater for the expected future traffic volumes.  Each of the precincts also have new pedestrian, bicycle networks and public transport networks proposed to support the movement of people across and within the new development precincts.

In December 2014, PeopleTrans completed a traffic impact assessment report to support the Development Application of The Maples, a 150 lot development in Schofields between Schofields Farm Road and Boundary Road. 
Following the initial planning for precincts done by the NSW Department of Planning, an Indicative Layout Plan for the road network of each Precinct was prepared.  When it came to the traffic engineering and detailed design for the subdivision, the location of the proposed roads didn’t provide the most efficient lot layout and to achieve the required densities, one road was proposed to be relocated.  PeopleTrans assessed the impact of the change to the subdivision road layout and reviewed the impact on the proposed pedestrian and public transport networks, future traffic volumes at affected intersections and the impact on emergency vehicle access.

Since completion of our transport impact assessment report, the Development Application was submitted and approved by Blacktown Council.  Here is how The Maples development progressed in the 12 months between December 2015 and December 2016.

the maples schofields development

Between 2015 and 2016 the road network was approved by Blacktown Council and was built with a couple of lots cleared to start construction.  At the development to the right of The Maples you can see that the development is now close to half complete with many new houses fully constructed or in the process of being built.  When complete, the Maples development will be home to around 390 people, which will help Sydney inch towards its growth target of 1.7 million.  Despite the amount of development in Sydney's growth centres, there is not enough land to house everyone expected to move to Sydney over the next 20 years and existing areas of Sydney will have to support higher density in the future, if population targets are to be realised.

In the North West and South West Growth Centres of Sydney, PeopleTrans has completed a number of traffic engineering studies and transport impact assessments in support of the development applications.  When complete those lots will provide housing for over 3,000 people.  For assistance with your next transport impact assessment to support a development application, please get in touch with Matthew Houlden or Alan Stewart in our Sydney office on 02 8226 8760.

References: 

 [1]  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-06/fact-file-housing-in-australia/6442650

[2]  https://www.domain.com.au/news/biggest-surge-in-new-homes-in-16-years-data-shows-20161003-grtlrf/

[3] http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Planning_and_Development/Strategic_Planning/North_West_Growth_Sector

All references last accessed 29/3/17