Projects

High Volume Transport (Long Distance Strategic Road and Rail Transport)

A review and assessment of the current knowledge with respect to long-distance strategic road and rail transport, and identification of future potential research topics on long-distance strategic road and rail transport in developing countries

Rural Mobility and Socio-Economic Baseline Pilot Study in Liberia

The project is developing a de facto Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for all projects delivering feeder road improvements within the Liberian Ministry of Public Works (MPW).

Promotion of Sustainable Rural Access in the implementation of the 2030 Global Agenda on Sustainable Development

Researching material for and developing outreach materials to promote a set of key messages on rural transport and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are serving as the cornerstone of advocacy materials used by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in various media channels, publications, and promotional materials on outreach on rural transport.

Research and Capacity Building for the Gambia Road Authority

This research and capacity building project for the Gambian Road Authority involves developing and delivering a programme of research needs assessment allied to bespoke training in road management and geotechnical engineering for roads.

Tools for Railway Drainage Risk Management

The Network Rail funded project is developing risk-informed tools to support investments in railway drainage

RiTRAK – a Risk-Informed Tool to Assist Railway Investment Appraisal

We have developed a tool which is capable of providing risk-informed cost-benefit predictions of different railway construction, maintenance and renewal strategies. The project focuses on refinement and deployment of the prototype tool in collaboration with Network Rail, Intellex, ORR and other industry stakeholders.

Resilient sustainable road infrastructure research for Ethiopia

This road research project for the Ethiopian Road Authority is addressing evaluation of different types of road pavement surfacing in terms of resilience to climatic impact via an analysis of life cycle cost-benefit using HDM-4, including road condition data collection and performance monitoring. Defining and developing appropriate financing strategies for Ethiopia’s Road Networks under a variety of funding future scenarios, including life cycle analysis. Capacity building is being achieved by training 6 members of ERA staff in research via MPhil degrees and PhDs to address six key issues associated with making Ethiopia’s road network resilient and sustainable.

Economic Growth through Effective Road Asset Management (GEM)

The purpose of the project is to achieve economic and social benefits for local communities in rural areas as a result of improved performance in road asset management. The project is providing technical assistance to achieve improvements in asset management performance on a selected network of rural roads within each participating country.

Bangladesh Road Design Collaborative Research and Capacity Building Project

The research developed an analytical road pavement and embankment climate-resilient adaptation design methodology for Bangladesh.  DFID also supported capacity building within the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) of Bangladesh whereby staff were trained in research.  The research resulted in a novel climate-resilient approach to road pavement and embankment climate adaptation design which married risk-based methodologies with analytical road pavement and embankment design approach.

Road Investment Appraisal

The successive (on-going) contracts are associated with the research, development, implementation and dissemination of HDM-4, a widely used tool for road investment appraisal – including upgrading gravel and earth roads to surfaced roads.  Governments throughout the developing world use HDM-4 routinely. Since 2008, the WB used HDM-4 to assess over 200 funded projects, with an estimated total value of approximately £40 billion +

A Systems Approach to Air Pollution in East Africa (ASAP-East Africa)

ASAP brings together leading UK and East African researchers in air pollution, urban planning, economic geography, public health, social sciences and development studies to provide a framework for improved air quality management in East African cities. This timely and responsive programme of activity will enhance local decision-making abilities to improve urban air quality, reduce the effects of air pollution upon human health, and allow for sustainable development to proceed without further deterioration in air quality.

A proposed framework for asphaltic concrete pavement design for tropical soils – a case study of Ghana

The aim of the project was to determine the key pavement design parameters for Ghana through empirical studies as well as carry out technical and economic analysis to establish optimum designs for the various climatic zones of Ghana.

Real-Time Traffic Speed Condition Survey (RE-TRAC)

RE-TRAC is a collaboration between HSL Ltd. and the University of Birmingham (UoB) to develop a multi-sensor platform to assess the condition and deterioration of rural roads. The project will result in the current underfunded UK rural road maintenance programmes to be better resourced, by providing cost-effective preventative maintenance data.

Mainstreaming Climate Resilience Risk in Road Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The consortium is working with the Public Company Roads of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to develop a method to assess the vulnerability of the road network to different natural hazards and develop an understanding of how climate change may affect the country’s infrastructure. The consortium is carrying out a systematic review of the data available for vulnerability assessments to develop a suitable geographic information system platform structure for viewing hazard data, evaluate current disaster management procedures and identify future actions to improve resilience. An integral part of the project will be building the local capacity to carry out climate resilience work and continuing to mitigate its impact

Knowledge and Evidence for Development (K4D)

The overall goal of the programme is to deliver through the strategic integration of two overlapping capabilities: an in-depth understanding of learning and knowledge processes in the development sector, and a broad network of substantive experience of development issues.

Improving the Stiffness of Railway Track using Micro-Piles

The Network Rail funded project developed highly innovative cutting-edge cost-saving technologies to address railway trackbed design and significant maintenance problems. The work followed a robust approach underpinned by state-of-the-art technology and fundamental science comprising three stages.

Centre for Sub-Saharan Transport Leadership

The Transport Sector Leadership Development Programme (TSLDP) is a capacity-building project designed to enhance the technical, managerial and leadership skills of transport professionals in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sustainable rural access and risk-based vulnerability assessment for rural communities in SSA

The project built and trialled a model to improve understanding of SSA community vulnerability to low volume rural access provision in light of climate change.