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Through the Graduate Apprentice scheme, run by networking organisation BPS Birmingham, I’ve had the opportunity to undertake three four-month internships at leading businesses in Birmingham. I applied to take part in the scheme shortly before graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2016 with a degree in BSc Business Management. Having studied such a broad degree, I didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduation so it seemed a great way to discover what I might want to do, build my professional experience and introduce me to new contacts.

SYSTRA has been selected by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to provide consultancy services for the upgrade of public transport infrastructure in 20 cities in Ukraine.

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 and joined Ove Arup and Partners Ltd in their Solihull office later that year. I joined the Site Development team where I worked on a range of projects, gaining experience in the design of highways, rail, drainage and utilities.

Continuing our preview of the UK’s largest transport conference, the Transport Practitioners Meeting in Nottingham, Jon Williams will be presenting his research into the sufficiency of the public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Jon is a graduate transport planner in the Reading office, and one of a number of SYSTRA’s young professionals showcasing their talent at this year’s conference.

As part of SYSTRA’s team at this year’s Transport Practitioners Meeting in Nottingham, Martin Parretti will be presenting an introduction to his ground breaking work on the analysis of pedestrian networks. Martin joined SYSTRA in August of 2016, after more than 10 years working as development lead at walkit.com. 

…Rather the Scottish Transport Applications Research (STAR) Conference which took place on 24th May and, in its thirteenth year, is now a well-established annual event for the diary of transport professionals across Scotland as well as further afield.

SYSTRA have developed an 800m long, £1.2M road improvement scheme that benefits traffic, buses, cyclists and pedestrians in north Greenwich. Plumstead Road is a major link to cater for east-west movements in the northern half of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

It is estimated that there are approximately 160,000 bridges in the UK, 90,000 of which are owned and maintained by Central or Local Government and the remainder belonging to Network Rail, the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) and Sustrans.

In the summer of 2016 I received my A level results after two years of Sixth Form at Ravens Wood School in Bromley. I was then left with the difficult decision of what to do next.

Whilst the private sector is often the driving force behind public transport and public realm investments such as Crossrail, the Northern Line extension and Granary Square, cycle infrastructure is still treated with scepticism by developers, who try to avoid building it, as they do not see any added value. Public support for cycling has also been mixed, with vociferous supporters and opponents.

The article below was first published in the 10 May edition of Rail Magazine www.railmagazine.com

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