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Rachael Fisher, Managing Consultant Transport Planning, Atkins


Managing Consultant Transport Planning

Business area: Transportation (Cities Space and Development Planning)
Job title: Managing Consultant Transport Planning
Years at Atkins: 10

How is your work taking transportation into tomorrow?

Effective planning is essential if we are to meet long term policy and investment decisions for a sustainable future. We provide an innovative and diverse range of modelling and consulting services alongside wider transport planning consultancy, from producing supporting documents for planning applications, to developing transport strategies for new major developments and Cities and identifying supporting infrastructure requirements. Understanding traffic and pedestrian movement is key to creating sustainable communities that have been planned, modelled and designed to cope with both today’s and future demands. We enable our Clients to create feasible developments; embedding sustainability and innovation in designs and assessing their transport impact to ensure deliverability.

Why do you choose to stay at Atkins?

Atkins is like a big family! There’s a great support system, and everyone is genuinely happy to spend time giving advice if someone needs help. Whilst we sometimes come head-to-head with significant challenges, we all work together to achieve a great outcome for our Clients.

That’s not to say that the projects we get the opportunity to work on aren’t a very large factor too! My role can vary quite a lot which keeps things interesting – I can be working with Local Authorities to assess large-scale planning applications one month, and on a City-wide Masterplan the next.

What do you think has had the biggest impact on your career development to date?

I’ve had a huge amount of support from day one, and I’ve had some fantastic managers. Everyone who works at Atkins is here to help, and always happy to answer questions and lend a hand. I’ve always been given the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, and encouraged to strive to continuously develop.

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