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 Nausori-Korovou Corridor Study area covered 34.4km, so it was split into four 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 six key issues:
- Huge amounts of forecast growth over the next 20 years, including airport expansion plans, without the infrastructure to support it.
- Network resilience with the area prone to slips and flooding.
- Road user safety with crash hotspots identified.
- Unreliable journey times.
- Limited urban and village amenities, such as inefficient pedestrian facilities.
- Accessibility to key destinations to support social and economic development, such as Nausori airport, hospital and schools.
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