Being able to move ourselves around cities and beyond is only one consideration in traffic and transport. We must also build systems that allow goods and freight to be delivered, and waste to be removed. We need systems that work for local residents, tourists and commuters. Traffic jams and delays can be frustrating and expensive, as well as polluting to the atmosphere with exhaust fumes and noise. Active transport systems like bicycle lanes and pedestrianised routes encourage residents to be healthier, and electric vehicles may help to reduce air pollution. Walkable cities are popular with citizens because they encourage accessibility for any mobility level, including wheelchairs, pushchairs, and infirm walking supports.
Designing cities to incorporate the best transport systems is a big job, and it requires a lot of people. Connecting roads, trainlines, tram networks, airports and motorways means transport systems can be efficient and effective. Keeping travellers, visitors, commuters and delivery drivers safe on the transport network is a crucial part of keeping everything moving.
Some traffic and transport clients include local and national government, house builders, and individual communities. Roles in traffic and transport include Urban Planning, Systems Engineering and Construction Planning and you’ll find out more about these during your work experience. By completing this module you will start to develop some of the skills needed for these roles and develop a clearer picture of whether this area of construction is right for you.
In this virtual work experience theme you’ll be looking at Urban Planning, Active Travel and Safety & Security. You should plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour on each topic. When you have finished all the tasks, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use on your CV.
Pick your first topic to get started and get a task briefing from your supervisor.