TMS were commissioned by the multinational company Aecom, to carry out a preliminary design safety audit on a major highway scheme in Doha, Qatar. This scheme involves the construction of a large expressway, with multi-level junctions, road tunnels and flyovers to provide links to a prestigious development on the bay of Doha.
Qatar is currently in the process of adopting road safety audit procedures as part of the design process for major road schemes, especially as the country is experiencing rapid commercial growth. They are keen to learn international best practice from experienced organisations to help improve road safety on their highway network.
The site was visited in April/May 2010 by two experienced TMS Road Safety Auditors to gain an understanding of the area and identify safety critical areas. Meetings were held with the Aecom design team and Senior Officers at the Doha Public Works Authority to discuss and clarify issues related to the scheme.
A comprehensive set of scheme drawings were studied both in the UK and on- site in Doha, and a detailed safety audit report was submitted to the relevant parties.
The design team and Government officials were pleased with the comprehensive report presented and were keen to adopt many of the recommendations. Some major recommendations included revising junction layouts, improving alignments at safety critical areas, suggesting road tunnel safety systems and providing comprehensive pedestrian and cycle routes.
It was concluded that the road safety process was very useful and cost effective in terms of optimising road safety early on in the design process.
Aecom and Qatar government are keen to carry out further road safety audits on major road schemes and develop a road safety culture amongst design teams. It is envisaged that road safety will become a core component of new road schemes for the benefit of all road users.
The completion of the audit demonstrates TMS's skill and expertise in carrying out road safety projects in culturally diverse countries. It also highlights the high calibre of the staff, who are able to carry out projects on large complex schemes.