Past Projects

CUTTING CARBON EMISSIONS FROM CITY CENTRE DELIVERIES (2013-14)

Client: Big Blue Bike

The research investigated how more city centre deliveries can be switched from vans and lorries to cargo bikes for the last mile of a journey. The research project focussed on Cardiff and looked at best practice from Bristol, Cambridge and London to develop ways of reducing emissions from delivery vehicles in the city centre. The research included consultation with City Centre businesses and logistics companies in order to understand the issues faced and identify potential workable solutions.

SOUTH WEST WALES REGIONAL NETWORK STRATEGY (RNS) SCOPING (Mar- Apr 2013)

Client: SWWITCH Regional Consortium

Owen Clark was a project adviser working on the Parsons Brinkerhoff led scoping study public transport network analysis and economic assessment. The scoping report assisted SWWITCH undertake the main regional network review and included a detailed methodology for carrying out the network review.

HEART OF WALES LINE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT STUDY (Jun 12 – Oct 12)

Client: The Heart Of Wales Line Forum

This pre feasibility study describes work done to research, and then define proposed terms of reference for, ‘Stage 2’ study into ways in which the Heart of Wales Line service can be improved – cost effectively. Owen Clark acted as a project advisor, offering guidance and support to the research team, and supporting data analysis and reporting activities.

GREENER WALES (Aug 11 – Feb12)

Client: MJR Solutions Ltd

The GreenerWales project was led by MJR Solutions Ltd to explore and demonstrate the opportunities provided by smart phone functionality in particular and digital technology in general to establish and promote Wales as the premier destination of choice for tourists who would like to leave their car at home. Owen Clark completed a desk review of available literature and statistics, and a survey of attitudes of visitors to Wales.

BWCABUS FEASIBILITY STUDY (2011)

Client: Welsh Government

Bwcabus is a new on demand public transport service operating in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. The success of the Bwcabus pilot led to requests for the expansion of the existing zone and the creation of new areas of operation. Outline service and delivery plans were developed by the WTRC led team (working with Halcrow) to address rural accessibility and social inclusion objectives.

A detailed business case was put forward. The business plan was accepted by the Welsh Government and successfully secured WEFO European Convergence Funding totaling £3.5m.

RAIL CONCESSIONARY FARES EVALUATION (2011)

Client: Welsh Government

Since 2007 the Welsh Government has conducted a concessionary fares rail scheme. The scheme commenced in 2007 on the Heart of Wales and Conwy Valley line, while the Cambrian Coast and Borderlands lines were added to the scheme in 2008/09.

The WTRC has undertaken a detailed evaluation annually since 2007 on behalf of the Welsh Government. The evaluation aims to provide an assessment of how the rail concessionary fares scheme is performing and assess whether the objectives of the scheme are being achieved. The study recommendations were accepted by the Welsh Government and Arriva Trains Wales.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL CITY (2011)

Client: Welsh Government

In March 2009 Cardiff was announced by WAG as a Sustainable Travel City and pathfinder scheme for Wales. Included within the programme is a redevelopment of the existing bus station and Cardiff Central Station main Square. Professor Stuart Cole undertook a SWOT analysis of options for the central area transport hub. The teams recommendations were eventually accepted by Cardiff CC. An ongoing watching brief remains on behalf of WG.

THE PASSENGER EXPERIENCE AT UNSTAFFED STATIONS (2010)

Client: Passenger Focus

The WTRC completed a detailed investigation of passengers experiences of using unstaffed rail stations in Wales and their satisfaction with the facilities available. The study investigated why passenger satisfaction with stations in Wales is consistently lower than the Great Britain average. The study included a passenger survey of 350 rail users on the Rhymney and Cambrian Coast lines.

Passenger Focus took the studies recommendations forward with the rail industry and Government including input into the National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP) and the Wales Enhanced Station Improvement Programme.

AIRPORT POLICING COSTS (2010)

Client: Cardiff International Airport

The WTRC were appointed by Cardiff International Airport to undertake a study of air passenger views and attitudes relating to airport policing. The study identified passengers willingness to pay and price sensitivity to additional airport policing charges, and their preferred method of payment collection.

The report made a series of recommendations which were welcomed by the airports management team.

CARDIFFNEW YORK PROPOSED AIR SERVICE (REVENUE SUPPORT RISK ANALYSIS & ECONOMIC APPRAISAL AND IMPACT ASESSMENT) (2009)

Client: Welsh Government

The WTRC investigated the economic impacts of a proposed Cardiff – New York air service and whether the benefits would be sufficiently high to justify Government investment. The report also examines the estimated financial commitment if the service was introduced.

MONITORING OF THE CARDIFF/YNYS MÔN AIR SERVICE (2008)

Client: Welsh Government

The Welsh Government commissioned Halcrow and the WTRC to evaluate the success and utilization of the Cardiff / Ynys Môn Air Service. The study monitored and evaluated the performance of the Intra Wales Air service. The outcome of the study also identified future options for operating the service. The study included interview surveys of air and rail passengers and roadside interviews.

WALES FREIGHT STRATEGY (2007)

Client: Welsh Government

The WTRC worked closely with Halcrow and the Wales Freight Group to produce the Wales Freight Strategy, the ‘daughter’ document of the Wales Transport Strategy that specifically sets out policies and issues relating to freight transport. It considers freight transport at a strategic level, including factors affecting the demand for freight movements, as well as across individual freight transport modes, incorporating inter-modal and multi-modal freight issues.

The Wales Freight Strategy was launched for public consultation in 2007.

WALES RAIL PLANNING ASSESSMENT (2007)

Client: Welsh Government

The WTRC participated in a wide-ranging study examining the future strategy for passenger and freight rail services in Wales. The study considered how rail services should be developed over the next twenty years, including the associated infrastructure requirements. Throughout the study, work was undertaken in conjunction with key stakeholders.

A Final Report was released as a DfT document in 2007, for approval by Ministers.

WALES TRANSPORT STRATEGY (2007)

Client: Welsh Government

Halcrow and the WTRC, on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, produced the Wales Transport Strategy. The requirement for WAG to develop a transport strategy was set out in the Transport (Wales) Act 2006. The strategy focuses on the role transport can play in delivering the wider policy objectives such as spatial planning, economic development, education, health, social services, the environment, tourism. Production of the strategy required close working with WLGA, Regional Transport Consortia and a range of other key stakeholders.

“I am writing to thank you and all of your team for the splendid effort you have put in to prepare the Wales Transport Strategy and, over the last couple of months, to get the document and leaflet ready for publication. We have been working together on this for over a year now and I have been very impressed with how you have got to grips with all of the contributors to transport policy and their sometimes differing views and managed to draft a document which we can all use as a way forward. It has sometimes been very frantic in the last month but I thank you for your patience with the last minute changes and look forward to working with you on the next stages in developing the Transport Strategy.” (Cath Mullin, Welsh Assembly Government, 18th July 2006)

WALES AND THE ATLANTIC ARC: DEVELOPING PORTS IN WALES (2006)

Client: Welsh Government

The study undertaken by the WTRC was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government to examine the function of Welsh ports in a European context. The project identified options to further develop business through Wales short sea routes. The final report was launched by Andrew Davies, Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks on the 29th March 2006 at Cardiff Port.

The Minister thanked Professor Stuart Cole and Sarah Kendall for producing “an excellent piece of research for which the government were very grateful for its depth of analysis and quality of output.” “The Government” said Mr Davies “will be using the report as a fundamental part of its ports policy and for the Wales Freight Strategy”.