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CEG8403 : Design of Transport Infrastructure

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Roger Bird
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To appreciate the constraints and challenges in creating sustainable transport infrastructure
To provide an understanding of:
The derivation of current road design standards
The role of safety in high design
How to apply geometric design standards
Junction capacity assessment and design
Road pavements, materials, design and maintenance requirements

Outline Of Syllabus

Route Choice

UK Design Standards – background and derivation of standards for:

Horizontal Alignment

Vertical alignment


Applying Highway Link design – relaxations and departures from standard

Coordinated alignment design

Consistency analysis

Principles of Junction Design

Speed and consistency

Rail, Airports and Future transport infrastructure

Road Pavements Design, Materials and Maintenance

Detailed Design

Use of Highway design software

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture54:0020:00Present in person lectures (TW? Mon - Fri 0900-1300)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion128:0028:00Problem Solving Exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture23:006:00Present in person lectures (TW? Mon, Thurs 1400-1700; Wed 0900-1200)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities13:003:00Present in Person - Computer Aided Design (TW? Tues 1400-1700)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00Present in person lectures (TW?+1 Wed 1000-1200)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00Reading, Revision, Further Study (private study offline)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide students with necessary information on the design of highways and other transport infrastructure. Reference is made to the background and practice of current design procedures, concentrating principally in the UK, but also with reference to practice and examples in many other countries. Small group teaching (tutorial) assistance is made available to assist with the understanding of numerical techniques and other issues as required. Computer aided design is taught at computer terminals in a tutorial setting.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70End of module exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Design of Transport Infrastructure2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M30Numerical exercise (30% of module) .
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests all learning outcomes. The coursework tests and helps to develop students’ ability to calculate solutions to engineering problems.

Assessment Rationale and Relationship to Learning Outcomes: The Learning Outcomes fall into two groups - the ability to calculate confidently with road and rail alignment parameters; and the overall context in which Transport Infrastructure is part of a sustainable society.

Reading Lists