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Gibraltar Sustainable Transport Strategy

With an exceptionally high level of vehicle usage traffic congestion has been a longstanding problem in Gibraltar, causing adverse effects on its economy, environment and image.

Biker in Gibraltar
Improved travel in Gibratlar
Improved travel in Gibratlar The new model aims to create a safe and sustainable transport network for the region.

Gibraltar anticipates a 50% increase in jobs over the next 30 years

85 vehicles are registered per 100 people – the second highest rating in the world

We worked with H.M. Government of Gibraltar to develop an effective transport plan which demonstrates how a safe and sustainable transport network could be created. This plan was developed with the input from different ministers covering traffic, tourism, environment and health and identifies the range of possible solutions to move Gibraltar towards more sustainable transport practices.

This study required data collection and stakeholder engagement, public consultation and the development of a comprehensive transport model. Potential options and solutions were identified with key stakeholders before being evaluated, based on system outputs.

At the heart of the plan are proposals to significantly enhance the public transport system by enabling people to travel seamlessly throughout Gibraltar on higher quality vehicles. A network of bus routes aims to provide faster, more frequent services to all destinations, for instance.

Recommendations also included improving pedestrian and cycle routes to provide sustainable connections between local communities and their key destinations. Recognising the high level of car ownership and use, new parking controls were suggested to manage parking activity more effectively – including the introduction of area-wide on-street and off-street parking charges based on outcomes from pilot schemes.

Value and benefits

  • We helped identify data sets needed to develop the area-wide transport model and undertake the range of transport surveys needed to obtain data while meeting the tight timescales (surveys included roadside interviews and public transport surveys).
  • We recommended and carefully coordinated the involvement needed between multiple government departments – including tourism, environment and planning – to ensure objectives and priorities of the plan were properly understood and endorsed.
  • We provided training and support throughout the development of the plan to help staff build and edit their transport model and build an in-house skills base.
  • Our knowledge of airport surface access issues meant that we could advise on a longer-term solution for pedestrian and vehicle movements to the airport terminal and Spanish border.
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