Transport Planning and Spatial Development

Transport planning is highly interrelated with general regional development, so as with urban and regional planning. New transport infrastructures and new transportation systems cause changes in transport demand, changes in land use, and eventually changes in personal behaviour of people, and reverse.

TCP International accounts for these reciprocal effects by adapting its holistic approach to transport planning. In close cooperation with our customers and with the people concerned, TCP International develops strategies and solutions in the transport sector with thorough consideration of the impacts on urban and regional structures, land use, the environment as well as on the overall society.

TCP International is your first partner for the development of

  • general political guidelines and strategies for transport infrastructure planning,

  • mobility concepts on urban and regional level,

  • local transport concepts,

  • transport master plans, as well as

  • suburban train and bus service plans.

In addition to its long-term, international expertise in the fields of transportation planning and spatial development, TCP International accompanies the population concerned by transport projects from the very beginning of the planning process until the opening of a new infrastructure (participation, public hearing and public relations). Thus, TCP International can rely on the necessary engineering knowhow for transport planning processes, but also on many years of experience in different means of citizen’s participation at all technical and spatial levels.

Besides the conventional transport planning services named above, TCP International dedicates itself to latest topics in transport planning such as:


Transport and vulnerability

Nowadays transport systems are more often suspended by natural disasters, security or emergency incidents. Maintaining mobility under these circumstances becomes more and more difficult for the public authorities and private companies in charge. TCP International analyses existing transport systems regarding their vulnerability on disturbances of any kind, advises the decision makers on vulnerability issues already in the planning and design phases, and develops emergency plans (what will happen if ..) tackling such disturbances.

Maintenance of public infrastructures

Demographic trends in the industrialised countries like shrinking and overaging population challenges the transport systems, in particular in rural and peripheral areas. TCP International analyzes current demographic trends, and jointly develops alternative solutions to secure in future a minimum level of mobility of persons and goods in rural areas as well as peripheral ones.

Corridor approach

Due to the increasing complexity between traffic systems, land use, economy and the environment, feasibility studies focusing on individual, uni-modal transport projects are not adequate. TCP International´s general commitment is to always strive for the best multi-modal solution at hand for a specific problem. Furthermore, the efficiency and quality of international transport corridors depends not only on the adequacy of the infrastructure, but also on so-called soft factors such as mutual acceptance of vehicle categories, or duration of customs procedures. TCP International strives for a holistic corridor approach including all modes and all fields of impacts are taken into account in order to generate the most efficient and effective solution.

Transport observatories

The traditional approach for measuring direct and indirect impacts of transport projects is to conduct before/after-analyses. In a complex world, first impacts of transport projects may take place already in very early planning or design stages. In contrast, other impacts may only take place years or decades after the opening of a particular infrastructure. Simplified before-after-approaches cannot adequately capture these dynamic processes, which partly may reinforce or partly wipe out each other. Therefore, TCP International strives for the implementation of long-time transport observatories, monitoring direct and indirect impacts of transport infrastructures, thereby helping to observe spatial developments over time, starting already in the planning and design phase, continuing through the building phase and lasting long after opening of an infrastructure. TCP International advices in the establishment of such observatories, and takes part in the execution and evaluation of the same.

Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T)

The TEN-T are dedicated to create the single internal market and to reinforce economic and social cohesion of the European Union. TCP International supports the quantitative and qualitative analysis of this programme for the member states and regions, and advises to implement individual projects thereof. TCP International focuses on international cooperation for a fast realization of such cross-border transport projects.

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