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 Nadi-Lautoka Corridor Study area covered 27km, so it was split into five sections. 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 five key issues:
- Huge amounts of forecast growth with multiple developments planned that could result in up to four times the amount of existing traffic - without the infrastructure to support it.
- Network resilience with the area prone to flooding and a lack of alternative routes.
- Road user safety with high crash rates, speeding, and dangerous turning vehicles.
- Unreliable journey times, particularly during cane crushing season with large volumes of slow cane trucks accessing the factory in Lautoka.
- Limited urban and village amenities, such as poor pedestrian facilities and lack of street lighting and bus stops.
From analysis of the current situation, we were able to set clear objectives: facilitate and enable planned growth and improve safety, journey reliability and
the environment through villages and urban areas.
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 short and long term packages.
By devising implementation strategies and expenditure forecasts, we clearly showed the FRA the way forward (and the cost) to achieve more reliable, safer journeys.