Mott MacDonald has been appointed to deliver management consultancy services for the Shandong Spring City Green Modern Trolley Bus Demonstration Project by the client, Jinan Public Transport Company. The project will improve the urban transport environment in Jinan, Shandong province, by reducing emissions and congestion in the city through the development of a modern trolley bus network.
Mott MacDonald’s role will involve project management support to the Jinan Municipal Government and the Jinan Public Transport Company. The Mott MacDonald team will also provide training and technical assistance for a range of procedures and requirements including financial management, review of detail design and working drawings and construction supervision.
Jinan Municipality, the provincial capital of Shandong and one of the fifteen sub-provincial municipalities in the People’s Republic of China, is a central metropolis on the south wing of the Bohai Rim urban cluster, and the political, economic, cultural, technical and educational, and transportation centre of the Shandong Province.
One of the key-aims of the project is to reduce emissions after it was reported in 2016 that there are 1.74 million private car owners in Jinan with an annual increase of 20%. This has resulted in a high concentration of traffic in the city centre and a growing travel demand from new outlying districts to the east and west. It was deemed urgent to shift urban transport development directions from options that favour private vehicles to more sustainable urban transport options supported by integrated multimodal passenger transport facilities.
Chun Zhang, Transportation Manager - China, Mott MacDonald, said: “We’re excited to be involved with such an important project that will bring enhanced sustainable urban mobility with integrated public transport services and a zero-emission trolley bus network to the people in Jinan. Not only will the project improve accessibility and environmental quality, it will also mitigate health impacts and reduce the time and cost of travel for users.”