Roads and transportation

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The Roads and Transportation society is for engineers with an interest in road and rail design, transport planning and traffic engineering.

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The development of a pavement management system for the national road network

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has a total network length of c.5300km, made up of roads of varying standards, from high speed, three-lane motorways to lightly trafficked, narrow, single-carriageway roads. The development process for many pavements has been evolutionary, rather than designed or planned. Historically, TII pavement management practices included collection of pavement condition data, processing and presentation of that data and liaison with local authorities to ...

EU fuel quality directive – a ‘new’ target for carbon savings in transport

Environmental specifications for transport fuels in the EU are set out in the 1998 fuel quality directive (FQD) (98/70/EC). A 2009 directive (2009/30/EC) amended the original FQD and introduced a target for fuel suppliers to reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions from transport fuels by the end of 2020. However, several member states, including Ireland, have yet to transpose this amending directive. The transposition deadline is April 2017. This article examines the ...

The collapse and reconstruction of the Malahide Viaduct – part 2

In the first of this two-part series, Liam Meagher outlined the actions taken immediately after the Malahide Viaduct collapse in 2009, initial proposals for reconstruction and how the discovery of a previously written paper changed the initial proposals. Diving conditions during the spring tides were particularly hazardous between Pier Nos. 3 and 5 because of the potential for instability of the fallen beams and the velocity of water flowing around them. It was necessary to restrict ...

The collapse and reconstruction of the Malahide Viaduct - part 1

At about 18:30 on 21 August 2009, two spans on the 12-span viaduct at Malahide collapsed. The collapse of the structure was due to scouring of a pier by tidal action. The line was immediately closed to rail services and placed under an engineer’s possession. Following reconstruction works, possession was handed back at 18:00 on 13 November, some 12 weeks after the incident and the line was re-opened to early morning traffic on 16 November. This paper will describe: the actions taken ...

Improving the resilience of Ireland’s rail network: a decision support tool for slope assets

The Irish railway network is supported by earthworks mostly constructed in the late 1800s. These earthwork assets are generally not constructed to modern design standards. When combined with extreme rainfall events, which are becoming increasingly common, they can therefore pose a serious challenge to the safe, reliable running of the railway services. In 2014, Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail (IÉ) appointed Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), a specialist geotechnical engineering ...

A new approach to managing and developing Ireland's road network

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) was established through a merger of the National Roads Authority and the Railway Procurement Agency under the Roads Act 2015, with effect from 1 August 2015. TII's primary function is to provide an integrated approach to the future development and operation of the national roads network and light rail infrastructure throughout Ireland. TII brought together two organisations to provide high quality transport infrastructure and services, delivering a ...
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