Madrid Key Projects
Here is a snapshot of some of the key projects we have worked on in this region. To view more of our projects visit the case studies section of this website.
Achieving sustainable transport in León, Spain
Leon’s City Council commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to conduct a review of sustainable mobility in the city. The aim of the review was to define actions that would favour public transport and sustainable modes such as cycling or walking. Among other proposals, the review suggested the implementation of a new tramway, re-design of the bus network, an ambitious pedestrian and cycling plan and a new sustainable mobility centre; many of these actions are now up and running. To evaluate the various proposals, we used a number of transport and pollutant emission models and also intense public participation.
Business and commercial strategy for the HSR line Madrid-Barcelona
In the face of strong competition from airlines and to prepare for competition from new rail operators, Steer Davies Gleave developed a commercial and business strategy for Renfe, who operate the HSR line between Madrid and Barcelona. The strategy looked at maximizing revenue and minimizing costs to be more competitive. It was based on a series of stated preference surveys, qualitative analysis of positioning in the market and demand forecasts with a dynamic model which showed Renfe how a change in their competitor’s commercial strategy would affect them.
Supporting Madrid 2016 candidature
Following our input into the transport strategy for London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, Madrid’s City Council requested to collaborate with us to assess the Madrid 2016 Candidature. Madrid 2016 wanted to offer quick, easy and safe mobility during the Olympic Games, in compliance with all the requirements by the IOC and with the sustainability and Olympic legacy objectives. We developed an Olympic Transport Plan which included Olympic Family transport planning and improving pedestrian and public transport flows in the Olympic Park. We also contributed to write the Dossier in Transport and to introduce this in public presentations. The candidature was not finally chosen as venue for the Olympic Games, but it was qualified as technically excellent by the evaluating committee.
Work travel plans in Andalusia
Steer Davies Gleave was commissioned by the Agencia Andaluza de la Energía to develop work travel plans for three big work centres in Andalucía (the City of Justice in Málaga and two more in Seville). The objective was to improve mobility management and the transport habits of both employees and visitors, and to promote the use of public and sustainable transport modes. The project included a large survey, the characterization of all three workplaces and the transport demand. Each of our proposed solutions included an economic and technical feasibility assessment, an implementation plan and the development of a group of indicators for future tracking.
Interchanges plan in Madrid Metropolitan Area
Madrid Regional Public Transport Authority (Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid) commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to define a sub-regional interchanges network along eight of the main corridors in the Madrid metropolitan area. The interchanges will make it easier to transfer from feeder bus lines to high capacity transit modes, resulting in faster and easier access to Madrid. Steer Davies Gleave undertook the full planning process; from initial analysis of the corridors and the location of the terminals to the financial analysis of every terminal. We also managed stakeholder relationships with the various administrations involved.
Public transport decision-making handbook
We were commissioned by the Spanish Public Transport Association (ATUC) and the Spanish Energy Agency (IDAE) to write a handbook to the aid decision-making process regarding urban and metropolitan transport management. The handbook provides advice and guidance which allow public transport authorities to make better choices in transport policy, and it includes a comparison of two medium capacity modes: quality buses and LRTs. The guidance takes into account determining factors such as social, environmental and economic costs and main outputs of the possible choices.
Portugal high-speed rail network study
RAVE (Rede Ferroviaria de Alta Velocidade) – who facilitates the planning, construction and operation of a high-speed rail network in Portugal – received a number of separate reports covering the demand and revenues forecasts of each of the planned corridors. RAVE commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to develop an integrated model which consolidated findings from the separate reports and also using new data from revealed and stated preference surveys. In addition, cost-benefit analysis of the network (in particular the Lisbon-Oporto line and the Third Bridge across the Tajo in Lisbon) was developed to justify the investment to develop a national high-speed rail network and explain the economic and social benefits.