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11th July 2008

The European Commission has chosen a specialist team from transport consultants Steer Davies Gleave to examine the success of transport investments it has financed through its Structural Funds. The study will measure the extent those Funds have improved European economic and social cohesion.

Press releases
Mainland Europe
7th July 2008

A review of the main forecasting tool for transport demand in the Greater Dublin Area has recently been completed by leading transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave.

We were asked by the Dublin Transportation Office to conduct the review before it develops its transportation strategy.

Our recommendations will be used to revise the model that tests the response to supply and demand management policies when comparing alternative strategies.

Recommendations for the model include:

Press releases
UK & Ireland
7th July 2008

Steer Davies Gleave has been commissioned by AVEP to undertake an 8-month study to investigate the most appropriate business model to deliver a new international rail station on the Madrid-Lisbon high speed line.

The new station, located on the border, will be managed jointly between the two countries and will serve Badajoz in Spain and Elvas in Portugal, which are less than 10km apart.

Press releases
Mainland Europe
1st July 2008

On 1 July Steer Davies Gleave appointed six people from within the company to director - Jim Collins, Stephen Hewitt, Gloria Hutt, Alan Jones, Michael May and Roy McGowan.

Steer Davies Gleave CEO Stephen Crouch said: "These appointments reflect the tremendous contribution these key staff make to the company`s ongoing success".

Press releases
UK & Ireland
10th June 2008

On Monday 9th June Everton Football Club`s plan to move to Kirkby was given planning permission. Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council gave the green light for this major mixed-use development which includes a 50,000-seater stadium as well as a Tesco Extra store, residential, commercial, retail and leisure uses. The application will now be sent to the Government Office for a final decision, which if positive, will possibly see work commencing on site next month.

It is intended that the scheme will bring major regeneration benefits to a deprived area, greatly enhancing the vitality and viability of Kirkby.

Steer Davies Gleave`s Project Director Joe Ellis commenting on the scheme said, 'This important and exciting mixed use regeneration development will provide a major new football stadium for Everton Football Club, together with a greatly enhanced retail offer for the town centre. The development will provide significant transport enhancements across all modes, giving people a real choice in deciding how to travel to Kirkby. The development will also significantly improve the commercial, housing and leisure facilities for the people of Kirkby'.

Steer Davies Gleave provided the scheme`s promoter Tesco Stores Limited and Everton Football Club with transport advice necessary for the planning application. Furthermore, Steer Davies Gleave will now commence the implementation of the agreed transport strategy over the next 2 to 3 years.

Press releases
UK & Ireland
1st May 2008

Understanding the relative need for affordable public transport enables decision-makers to understand the social impacts of both proposed and existing transport schemes.

Press releases
UK & Ireland
14th March 2008

Two new rail specialists have joined leading transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave's (SDG`s) London office, which has further strengthened the company`s ability to deliver the most challenging projects for their clients, including DfT and Transport Scotland.

Associate Ben Wilson joins SDG with a raft of project experience of major capital investment projects in the rail industry. Previously an independent consultant, he had leading roles on projects with the Department for Transport (DfT), on the procurement of a new fleet rolling stock for Thameslink, and at Transport for London (TfL), on the development of the proposed £240m North London Railway lines upgrade.

Prior to that, he worked for Cross London Rail Links Limited, where he managed project strategies for Crossrail. He also worked for the Strategic Rail Authority, where he sponsored multi-million pound investments covering the western area of the passenger rail network, as well as national freight projects.

David Ford joins as a senior consultant. He previously worked as a consultant for Delta Rail, where he was involved in a variety of work, including building performance models for franchise bids with First Group. He was also seconded to Network Rail, where he worked on performance forecasts for the Control Period 4.

Press releases
Rail
UK & Ireland
3rd March 2008

A major overhaul of rail passenger demand research is set to bring the UK rail industry back up to speed.

Steer Davies Gleave has been asked by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) to undertake a review of the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook (PDFH).

The review precedes the actual update of the handbook, which is subject to a separate contract.

The handbook will replace the existing version (4.1), which was released in June 2005.

The Passenger Demand Forecasting Council (PDFC), which includes representatives from Train Operating Companies, the Department for Transport, Network Rail, the Office of Rail Regulation, Transport for London, Transport Scotland, the Passenger Transport Executive Group and transport consultancies, believes that the time is right for a new version of the PDFH to be produced.

"There is some anecdotal evidence that the PDFH does not sufficiently reflect the needs of all current stakeholders, a matter which this piece of work should address," ATOC's Passenger Demand Forecasting Scheme manager Billy Denyer said.

The review will ensure the new handbook contains 'the most accurate and robust research available across the UK rail industry', he said.

SDG will identify inconsistencies in demand forecasting approaches and 'apparent paradoxes' in the existing values, so the new guidelines will be as consistent as possible.

SDG will also draw on major research projects recently undertaken by the PDFC to help with the review.

The project will be headed by SDG`s David Shilton - an industry expert on forecasting the impact of variables on the demand for rail services. He edited the second edition of the PDFH, in 1989.

"PDFH is used by a wide range of stakeholders with varying needs. It is vitally important that these needs are understood before the update of the PDFH commences," Shilton said.

The review is expected to be complete by April 2008.

Press releases
Rail
UK & Ireland
22nd February 2008

A report by Steer Davies Gleave on Air and rail competition and complementarity (2006) has been heralded as one of the best reports on the topic.

In a recent review in the Journal of Transport Economists' Group, Peter Gordon, the journal's editor said:  "In my opinion, this is one of the best reports I have seen on the topic. It is highly recommended and should be read by anyone with a professional or general interest in the area."

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Aviation
UK & Ireland
15th February 2008

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UK & Ireland

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