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Systra acquires transport planning consultancy

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Systra has acquired Scottish transport planning consultancy Sias in a bid to expand its presence in the UK.

With offices in Edinburgh and Perth, the 40-strong Sias team specialises in strategic modelling, appraisal and microsimulation modelling using its Paramics software.

In a statement, Systra said the acquisition will broaden its transport planning team particularly in Scotland and will further strengthen the company’s resource base and technical capability in transport modelling and microsimulation.

“We very much welcome Sias staff to Systra, it’s a natural fit. Systra’s global footprint combined with Sias’ niche expertise can only strengthen the wealth of the services we provide our clients,” said Systra CEO Tim O’Neill.

“Our staff are all very excited and encouraged by the prospect of joining a global organisation, one that prides itself in the development of new ideas and successfully augmenting existing ones,” commented Sias executive board director Sarah Muirhead.

“There is a good synergy between Sias and Systra in terms of our existing client base and our technical capability. We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues in the UK and overseas.”

Sias’ current clients include Transport Scotland, Plymouth City Council, Wiltshire County Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

In December 2015, Systra announced its acquisition of JMP Consultants in the UK. Both acquisitions are part of the group’s ambition to significantly grow its presence in the UK by 2018.

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