Highways & Transportation Planning
SLR has considerable and wide ranging experience in the field of highways & transportation, working in a variety of development projects across all business sectors.
We are involved in projects from the initial feasibility and planning studies to the design and implementation of the development and off site highways infrastructure.
SLR has an entrenched awareness of the environmental and commercial sensitivities of new developments and this is reflected in all elements of our work. We also pride ourselves on our ability to provide accurate and timely advice to our clients, helping to minimise the need for prolonged and protracted negotiations with the relevant authorities.
Any new development will have an impact in some form on the local transport network. From the earliest stages in the planning process, SLR works to quantify the likely development impacts and provide accurate and timely advice on the most appropriate and cost-effective forms of mitigation, only where necessary.
The assessment work undertaken within the planning process is often complex and will vary dependent upon the nature of the development, its proximity to the transport network and the suitability of its access and adjacent road infrastructure. We have considerable skill in identifying the key issues relating to each individual site and are able to mould technical arguments to be supportive of the case for development.
Leading on from the planning process, or as a separate service, SLR provides a full range of assistance associated with the design and implementation of all elements of highway works, including off site highway improvements, access junction improvements and on site infrastructure design.
Our directors are recognised traffic engineers and are regularly instructed to act in Planning and Environment Court and Land Court Appeal matters. We maintain a commitment to the Court in these matters in seeking to ensure that the transport system is appropriately utilised, designed or managed and provides a suitable level of service and safety for all users.
SLR provides a range of engineering capability relating to the planning, design and construction management of highway projects. Our aim is to offer clients the opportunity to release the potential of development sites via initial concept design, transport assessment, outline designs for planning applications and detailed designs, implementation and construction management.
Route Assessment – Abnormal Loads
SLR combine route suitability assessments and swept path analysis to appraisal potential routes for the accommodation of abnormal loads. In particular SLR support wind farm developments which require the movement of large inflexible loads to remote locations however the transportation of large loads through congested urban areas is also a development consideration.
Traffic Management Plans
SLR prepares variations of Traffic Management Plans, to include construction traffic management plans, event traffic management plans and operational traffic management plans. Often required to discharge conditions a Traffic Management Plan will detail the likely impacts associated with a certain phase of a development and will detail the suitable mitigation measures required, with particular focus on road safety where required.
Traffic Signal Design
Production of signal design layouts, hardware layouts and cable connection plans are speciality services provided by our team. Our skills in operational performance allows us to design optimum solutions to manage delays to all road users. We have experience in custom design options which incorporate light rail, heavy rail, pedestrian / cycle and bus priority infrastructure.
SLR has a team of highly experienced professionals who can undertake the assessment work associated with Transport Assessments and Traffic Impact Assessments. Any form of built development will require consideration of its impact in transportation terms, requiring consideration of its accessibility, the likely traffic that it will generate, and the ability of the existing or improved public transport network to service the development.
SLR offers a tailored service for reduced transport assessment requirements. A Transport Statement is a simplified version of a Transport Assessment, often used to support developments where the impacts are deemed to be minimal. SLR has a wealth of experience both in determining the need for a Transport Assessment or Statement and in with the engagement of the relevant local authorities.
Travel Planning Services
SLR has the capability and expertise to research, design and implement Travel Plans for a broad range of organisations, including local authorities, businesses, developers, land owners, hospitals and education establishments. We also have the expertise to provide in-house Travel Plan Co-ordinators when required.