Fiji may be an island paradise, but the realities of everyday life are the same as most countries experience: long, unreliable journey times with a high risk of accidents. Addressing these issues, alongside improving the environment through
villages and urban areas and enabling planned growth and development, was at core of the FRA engaging us to undertake four transportation studies across two Fijian islands.
Central to our success was the development of a clear methodology that allowed for proper collaboration with the FRA and stakeholders, including local Councils and businesses.
The Denarau Corridor Study area covered 6km, and was split into two sections, one urban in nature and the other rural. Through collecting a wide range of information (including stakeholder workshops, drive over videos, traffic surveys, drone video surveys and crash history), we could analyse current transportation problems in the area. This revealed four key issues:
- Road user safety with many pedestrian and speed related crashes.
- Accessibility for active modes, as walking and cycling facilities were poor or non-existent. There is a desire to encourage active modes along this corridor to widen the economic benefits of Denarau tourism.
- Substantial forecast growth over the next 20 years, potentially doubling current traffic flows, without the infrastructure to support it.
- Network resilience and responsiveness to natural disasters with areas at risk of flooding and sea level rise and no alternative routes.
To help FRA choose the best solution to balance the study’s objectives with budget considerations, we identified and evaluated multiple options: quick
wins plus medium and high investment packages.
By devising implementation strategies and expenditure forecasts, we clearly showed the FRA the way forward (and the expenditure required)
to achieve safer, more reliable journey times and futureproofed transportation options in the Denarau Corridor.