Design of Transport Infrastructure

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Highway Geometric Design
Design of Transport Infrastructure

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Design of Transport Infrastructure

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The first two days of the course may be taken as a general introduction to Highway Geometric Design, covering:

  • the derivation of the current UK road design standard TD9: Highway Link Design;
  • the role of safety in highway design;
  • the application of geometric design standards;
  • the calculation of horizontal and vertical alignment;
  • an introduction to basic highway modelling on computers.

The remainder of the course provides an understanding of:

  • research into design and operating speeds and geometric consistency;
  • the principles of junction design;
  • junction capacity assessment and design;
  • road pavements, materials, traffic loading, design and maintenance requirements.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the five-day course, delegates will have:

  • an understanding of UK highway design and its origins in safety research;
  • an understanding of route choice, highway alignment design and detailed design;
  • an appreciation of the impact of transport infrastructure on the environment;
  • an awareness of railway design and the contrast with highways;
  • an awareness of constraints affecting airport infrastructure;
  • an understanding of road construction and maintenance issues;
  • comprehension of aspects of vehicle speed;
  • an awareness of research into vehicle speeds and consistency measures.

Delegates will also have experience of:

  • the use of mathematical formulae to design infrastructure alignments;
  • the use of a Computer Design Package.

Course Outline

  • Route Choice;
  • UK Design Standards;
  • Horizontal Alignment;
  • Vertical Alignment;
  • Speed and consistency;
  • Railways;
  • Airports;
  • Principles of Junction Design;
  • Road Pavements and Maintenance;
  • Detailed Design;
  • Use of Highway design software;
  • Photogrammetry and air survey.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
  • Design of Transport Infrastructure


  • Design of Transport Infrastructure
    • £1275
  • Highway Geometric Design
    • £510

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).


Prerequisite knowledge

It is anticipated that delegates who attend the course will have a reasonable level of knowledge of the following topics:

  • Maths
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8403) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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