Supported by the Tavistock Institute, an independent social science research, advisory and training organisation, the two companies will try to identify best practice to increase safety on local roads.
Faber Maunsell's project director Paul Knight, said "We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract. The research will draw on two of our major strengths - extensive knowledge of local authority practice in the road safety field and specialist expertise in transport policy evaluation."
Working on behalf of the Department for Transport, the work will help them better understand the factors underlying local road safety performance.
In 2007, 2,946 people were killed in road accidents, and 27,774 seriously injured, both figures were down from 2006.
The study will consider all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and passengers, and look at factors impacting on road safety, including law enforcement, safety education and road safety engineering.
From this research Faber Maunsell will issue a range of policy papers, reports and strategies which will inform the future development of local safety policy.
The study will use a range of case studies to help understand what is working well, what is not and why. Action learning methods will be used to help safety practitioners to apply best practice and thereby improve local road safety.