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SDG to review rail passenger demand research

03 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.

Tags: Rail
Region: UK & Ireland
Category: Press releases

SDG's air and rail report is heralded as one of the best

22 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."

Tags: Aviation
Region: UK & Ireland
Category: Press releases

Freight study aims to support economy and reduce CO2 emissions

04 February 2008

The backbone of the East of England`s regional economy is to get further support with the development of a new freight transport strategy.

The East of England Regional Assembly has chosen Steer Davies Gleave (SDG), in association with logistics consultancy LCP Consulting to work up the strategy, which will aim to maximise the benefits of continued economic growth in the region while at the same time striving to reduce CO2 emissions.

Freight significantly contributes to the East of England`s Gross Value Added (GVA) and accounts for about 10% of national employment in the sect

SDG-led funding application secures £60.3m for Blackpool tram

04 February 2008

The future of the Blackpool and Fleetwood tramway has been secured thanks to a £60.3m cash injection from the Government.

Last week's announcement of the funding allocation by the Department for Transport (DfT) follows on from a local transport plan major scheme business case, put together by Steer Davies Gleave (SDG).

The business case for the Blackpool tram upgrade, which was submitted to the DfT in 2005, outlined the proposed upgrade and set out the justification for Central Government Funding.

In 2006, the Government contributed £10.7m towards an £11.8m package of emergency works to address the worst deterioration of the tram system. This latest announcement secures Central Government`s contribution towards the £85.3 million upgrading programme.

Working with Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council since 2000, SDG reviewed the existing 120-year-old tramway system and operations, and developed upgrading and extension strategies. The company also undertook demand and revenue forecasting, operations planning and the preliminary design of track alignments.

SDG provided strategic advice to the client on procurement and funding issues for the Blackpool tram upgrade and led the development of the LTP major scheme funding application.

Under the Emergency Works programme, track on the Blackpool Promenade has been re-laid during the winters of 2006-2008, in conjunction with the reconstruction of the adjacent seawall. Further track renewals are being undertaken between Blackpool and Cleveleys. New electrical substations are also being built at the northern end of the route.

The further improvements will include refurbishment of the track on the rest of the route to Fleetwood, new tram stops, as well as 16 new fully accessible trams. The historic trams will continue to serve Blackpool's famous seafront promenade.

"The Blackpool tram upgrade funding will allow the renewal of the infrastructure to be completed and a fleet of fully accessible trams to be introduced alongside the much-loved heritage vehicles," SDG's project manager Steve Hunter said.

"It will make a vital contribution to the regeneration of the Fylde Coast."

Work is expected to begin in 2009, for completion in 2012.

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