Construction and Traffic & Transport

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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.

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Course Content

Welcome to Construction and Environment & Pollution. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to keep our cities moving in healthy, safe and sustainable ways that don't harm the environment.

Extra Information and Construction and Traffic & Transport – optional

Construction and Active Travel
Active travel means making journeys by physically active means, like walking or cycling. These are usually short journeys, like walking to the shops or cycling to work. How can construction help us all to travel more actively?

Construction and Urban Planning
Finding ways to improve cities with cleaner air and safer streets can be achieved by reducing the number of cars that drive into the city. How can construction design congestion zones that limit the access of cars to a city?

Construction and Safety & Security
Train stations can be some of the busiest places in a city, with commuters, shoppers and tourists all trying to pass through quickly and safely. How can construction design stations that move large crowds of people?