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Transport Planning

Transport planning comprises forecasting and managing the future travel demand generated by infrastructural growth. In urban areas the fundamental requirement is to develop a transport system that allows sustainable growth without having a detrimental impact on traffic congestion and greenhouse gases etc. Therefore two key aspects of transport planning are the preparation of transport assessments and developing sustainable transport plans.

RPS is an industry leader in the preparation and negotiation of transport assessments and preparation of sustainable transport plans. We also provide policy advice, travel demand forecasting, transportation modelling, multi-modal studies, as well as construction management plans, economic assessments and due diligence.

RPS works with public and private sectors to develop plans for sustainable transport networks and assist in the delivery of development and planning applications. We integrate the work of our traffic and transport planners with the work undertaken by our road design engineers, our land use and town planners and environmental teams.

Our dedicated team evaluates and recommends solutions to transportation impacts based on relevant national and regional guidelines. We ensure that the coverage and scope of our assessments and plans appropriately reflect the scale of development proposals and the extent of their transport implications.

Case Studies

Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) Transport Plan



RPS was responsible for developing an implementation plan for development of the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). The Cherrywood SDZ comprises a plan to develop an urban centre which will accommodate some 35,000 residents and 17,000 employees.The Cherrywood SDZ lands are strategically positioned between the M50 and the N11. The M50/N11 forms part of the Euroroute E01 between Larne and Rosslare and this route is part of the Trans-European Road Network proposed by the European Union.

RPS was appointed to develop the infrastructural plan for Cherrywood SDZ to assure the timely provision of adequate infrastructure as and when new development occurs. This included:

Transport infrastructure – a new road network for the area, in addition to the significant upgrading of the existing road infrastructure, provision of pedestrian, cycle and public transport networks, the provision of the LUAS Line B1 extension to Cherrywood from Sandyford, linkage to the existing major road networks of the wider area, in particular the N11 and M50. The key challenge is to ensure that the overall development of Cherrywood is not causing the M50 and N11 highway capacities to be seriously eroded or the traffic management of the routes to be impaired.

Services and utilities infrastructure – water supply, foul/surface, water sewerage, gas, electricity, telecommunications etc.

Social infrastructure – schools, churches, amenity space, local and higher order retail and associated facilities.

Once the infrastructural plan was developed, RPS was commissioned to develop a Local Area Traffic Model to assess the impact on the capacities of the strategic M50 and N11 routes and the proposed internal streetscapes. The associated sustainable transport plan addressed the following:

Maximise the utilisation of the LUAS linking Bray/Fassaroe to Dublin City Centre

Maximise facilities for buses, cyclists and pedestrians

Adequate local linkages and planned areas for development

The provision of adequate traffic measures including signalisation, pedestrianisation and bus priority measures.

National Speed Limit Review Project



RPS is managing the National Road Speed Limit Review on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Our team is tasked with reviewing the speed limits across much of Ireland’s national road network in order to improve the consistency and appropriateness of speed limits across the country in accordance with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) Guidelines for Setting and Management of Speed Limits in Ireland. When complete, the project will bring about a greater level of credibility, respect and compliance with the speed limit system and will ultimately enhance the safety of the road system.

As part of the project, RPS reviewed the national road network across 18 local authority jurisdictions, carried out Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessments and conducted an intensive consultation process with each local authority, the TII and An Garda Siochána. Using this collaborative approach, we developed new consolidated bye-laws associated with all proposed speed limit changes. The commission also involves developing revisions to the existing guidelines document which will be published by DTTAS.

Titanic Quarter Development



The new Titanic Signature Building is a centrepiece and key catalyst in the regeneration of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, and the economic recovery of Northern Ireland.

RPS was commissioned to provide civil, structural and fire engineering services in relation to the project. RPS was involved in the detailed design of the site civil engineering infrastructure works which include new roads, signalised junctions, upgrading of the existing carriageways adjacent to the site and public realm areas along with the site drainage infrastructure.

These works are essential components in the development of the site and they have been designed to accommodate the future development that is anticipated to take place.