Within 50 years Saudi Arabia's capital city Riyadh has developed from a walled town into a metropolis of 5.5 million people. Severe traffic congestion and road safety issues caused by population growth and increased economic activity, has made transport in and around the city time consuming, unsafe and unhealthy. Now a project is underway to help identify where measures can be taken to make Riyadh's roads become safer and healthier for its citizens.
To help find a way to solve Riyadh's traffic congestion issues, the city's Development Authority has commissioned Royal HaskoningDHV's transport team to analyse the city's road network and transport system during a two year period - between 2012 and 2014.
Ziad Al Mahmoud, is responsible for managing the project on behalf of Royal HaskoningDHV. Ziad comments: "A main part of the project is to identify 30 critical locations and major traffic problems, and define measures to increase efficiency and safety through traffic management enhancement and innovative technology.
"These issues vary from parking problems, congested corridors, poorly functioning traffic signals to traffic safety and behavioural problems. Our transport team is documenting these, together with plans, pictures and videos, analysis results, proposed solutions, implementation requirements and impacts."
A wide range of transport services are being delivered, including traffic modeling and micro simulation, traffic management and ITS applications, road geometric design, impact analysis and detailed designs.
Ziad continues: "Key tasks include monitoring and evaluating traffic performance, identifying and analysing traffic black spots and bottlenecks, and assessing the urgency, priority and impact of each selected improvement measure."
The development of detailed designs and tender documents, including bills of quantities and specifications, cost and time estimates for implementation, are also part of the project.
"In addition we are providing hands-on technical support to ADA staff in order to resolve other traffic problems, assist the traffic control centre and provide ADA staff with training.
"The outcome of the project will lead to the development of a proper transport system for the city" Ziad concludes. "This will enhance the quality of life in Riyadh by making the city and roads safer, more accessible and sustainable through the reduction of congestion, road traffic accidents and carbon emissions."
Traffic Safety Strategy Review and Update for Riyadh City
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including its capital Riyadh faces large number of traffic safety casualties. Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) commissioned Royal HaskoningDHV to carry out a review on the implementation of the actions of last 5-year traffic safety strategy and provide a new strategy including action plans for the upcoming period 2014 to 2019. This process was undertaken with close interaction with all stakeholders involved.
The Challenge: Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) commissioned Royal HaskoningDHV to carry out a review on the implementation of the actions of the 5-year safety strategy during the period 2009-2013 and update for the upcoming period 2014-2019.
Our solution: Based on the review, done by means of extensive interviews with a variety of stakeholders and analysis of the latest accident figures, a new 5-year strategy has been formulated, including the development of new, appropriate action plans. These plans reflect the ambition and the goals of the country and its capital to substantially reduce their alarming road safety figures.
The Outcome: The heart of the safety strategy was a thematic approach, in which for the following safety related themes new strategies were defined specific action plans developed, in close cooperation with the stakeholders:
- Traffic safety management, coordination and funding
- Improved data collection and analysis system
- Road safety engineering
- Traffic law and enforcement
- Road safety education for school children
- Road safety publicity and awareness campaigns
- Improving driving standards
- Improving vehicle inspection
- Motor vehicle insurance
- Emergency medical services
- Road safety research and accident costs