A who’s who of engineering consultants will advise the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) on its transport strategy for the next four years.
Arup, Aecom, Arcadis and Mott McDonald are among 25 firms named across the region’s Strategic and Tactical Transport Modelling Advisory board. WSP, Sweco, Pell Frischman and Systra have also been added to the advisory board.
The modelling advisory board has been set up to “provide advice on transport modelling” with a specific focus on “thought leadership in transport, land use and human behaviour modelling”.
The Official Journal of the European Union notice naming the advisory board winners adds: “The panel will be commissioned to meet periodically during the year to guide what will be a radical change to the way the West Midlands undertakes its transport and land use modelling, as well as for specific client advice, ranging from deep technical specifications to assisting with the writing of briefs for model development; and/or for modelling applications for specific schemes or assessments.”
The West Midlands is currently overseeing several major transport projects including station redevelopments ahead of High Speed 2, an extension to the West Midlands metro and a highways overhaul ahead of Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year.
TfWM director of policy, strategy and innovation Mike Waters said: “The West Midlands authorities are determined to make best use of analytical and evidential methods in all our transport decision making.
“This includes obtaining independent expert advice on forecasting and appraisal. This advisory framework will take our modelling onto a new level.”
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