The consultancy develops transport ‘needs’ cases for new rail freight facilities and port infrastructure to aid planning applications for private sector developers and the owners of port infrastructure. This involves setting out the policy arguments in favour of the proposed development, analysing the market environment and modelling existing traffic flows, developing demand forecasts and examining the advantages and disadvantages of potential alternatives to the proposed development.
We also undertake analysis of infrastructure capacity in terms of, for example, the availability of train paths and the analysis of loading gauge for rail freight services.
Our work in relation to planning applications always involves working with barristers and solicitors, as well as planning consultants and other members of the consultancy team such as environmental consultants. This planning work frequently involves liaison with the managers of road, rail and inland waterway infrastructure and supporting planning consultants in their discussions with planning authorities.