Transport planning and engineering consultancy PJA has opened an office in Manchester city centre.
Transport planning expert Chris Sibthorpe has been appointed as director. He joins from Mott McDonald, where he led the Manchester transport planning team and has experience of working on projects across the North West.
The firm said the office responds to a surge in enquiries for advice on adapting streets to facilitate more cycling and walking, which has increased during Covid-19 and for which the government has made funds available to support.
He most recently worked on a project to promote active travel at Heathrow Airport as well as on projects with Transport for Greater Manchester’s strategy and policy teams.
Nigel Millington, joint managing director at PJA, said: “We have been looking to expand in the North West as part of our growth strategy, and with the recent rush in client demand this is the right time.
"Chris’s passion for active travel across a range of settings as well as his knowledge and contacts in the region makes him the ideal candidate to take the helm. We look forward to him growing our presence and expanding our team of consultants."
Sibthorpe added: "Local authorities and developers are keen for a Green restart to the economy and to not replace one health issue with another in the form of a return to damaging levels of air pollution and lost productivity associated with unchecked traffic growth. Increasing the proportion of people using active travel modes is going to be key to achieving this, building on the momentum for travel behaviour change arising from the pandemic."
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