Transport engineering, design + reviews

Use our transport engineering expertise for large developments and projects. We collaborate with landscape architects, planners, surveyors and civil designers. Our goal is to ensure safe, accessible and efficient transport solutions for your community.

Transport engineering design

Transport engineering design begins with an assessment of the site for your project, and consultation with key stakeholders, including local councils, the NZ Transport Agency, and the local community.

We review how the transport network is performing before the proposed project. Then we use traffic modelling to assess the impact of the project on the network and identify challenges and opportunities to improve the safety and efficiency of the network.

After this, we prepare detailed traffic engineering designs for your project. This can include 3D visualisations to bring the designs to life and support consultation with key stakeholders.

Our transport engineering design services include:

  • Master planning design
  • Roundabout, intersection and traffic signal design
  • Streetscape and subdivision design
  • Design for walking and cycling
  • Car park design 

All the transport implications of your project will be considered and documented in an Integrated Transport Assessment to support your Resource Consent Application.

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school blog

Transportation for schools

Road safety is critical for any school. The design of school access, carparks and routes to and within schools need to provide a safe environment for our youngest members of society. The design of a school site needs to accommodate a multitude of transport activities:

  • Concentrated peaks of traffic during drop off and pick up.
  • Children walking and cycling to school.
  • Clusters of children waiting at bus stops and pedestrian crossings.
  • Access for emergency services, dental units and buses.
  • Staff and caregiver parking and cycle parking.

We work with the Ministry of Education and as part of project teams on school projects throughout New Zealand.

school crossing
school bike parking

Streetscape and placemaking

Tactical urbanism changes public spaces through temporary interventions.

Tactical urbanism projects provide an opportunity to test improvements, gather feedback from the wider community, and adjust plans before making a permanent decision. These placemaking projects often cost less than permanent streetscape changes and are quick to install, resulting in less disruption.

Temporary interventions such as changes to street furniture, planter boxes and street art, can be implemented for one day or for two years.

If you’re considering a tactical urbanism intervention, consider the following transport elements:

  • Transport engineering input to designs to allow adequate space for the movement of people, consideration of the mobility impaired, emergency vehicle access, turning paths, and data collection.
  • Road safety reviews of proposed designs. This covers modified road layouts, priorities, and speeds, but also the materials and any additional hazard that comes with using non-conventional street furniture.
  • Monitoring change created by an intervention.
Tactical urbanism roadway

Community engagement

Community engagement is a crucial part of any traffic engineering project. We can help your team develop a strong plan for community engagement, create surveys and information packs, and build digital engagement platforms, like apps and websites.

Our location data design team can produce attractive 3D visuals, that help people imagine what developments will look like in real life. This can enhance the public consultation process.

If you need support or advice at public meetings and briefings, our traffic engineering experts can attend to answer questions.

The help and the assistance we get from Abley is very high quality, very professional. They go over and above by building transport models to help us make strategic decisions and keeping those models up to date. It’s a next level professional relationship, where they deliver recommendations and add value, without us having to ask. They’re the right people to work with for any sort of transportation project. I can’t recommend them highly enough.”

Scott McKenzie, Roading Manager, Mackenzie District Council

Case study

Equipping Tekapo to handle intense growth in traffic

The Mackenzie District Plan, written in the early 2000s, did not foresee the pace of growth that has occurred in the area. Increases in visitors to Takapō is impacting roading, parking and road safety. Abley has worked closely with Mackenzie District Council on transport planning for five years on strategic level master planning and transport design. 

Contact our transport engineering expert

Jeanette Ward
Technical Director, Transportation Engineering