Hertfordshire County Council in the UK, in conjunction with, Mouchel Parkman, selected SIMUL8 to develop a simulation model to determine the capacity of the existing Stevenage Bus Station and whether it could cope with a predicted rise in future demand for public transport in the area.
SIMUL8 was used to analyze the performance of the existing bus station and support the planning and design of a new bus station, resulting in cost savings of approximately $2.6m ( £1.3 m) for the Council, while simultaneously easing congestion and increasing safety and performance.
A simulation model was built to analyze the performance of the current bus station, in order to provide a benchmark for comparison against the proposed bus station design. In addition to this, any new station design could be tested to include scope for predicted future volumes of traffic.
SIMUL8 Corporation worked with Hertfordshire County Council to validate each model, using industry standards of their physical attributes, supplemented with observed timings and passenger quantities within the current station.
The simulation built for the Council demonstrated the physical characteristics of the station. For example, the cause and effect of delays and congestion could be explored and the impact of changes assessed.
Simulation allowed detailed testing of the system under conditions that reflect the predicted demand increase. This de-risked the entire project by understanding future performance and risks, before implementing any of the proposed changes.
"Hertfordshire County Council has found this information to be invaluable. I found the SIMUL8 team fast to respond, courteous to deal with and they kept to budget and time scale." Dave Ramsey, Principal Transport Planner Hertfordshire Highways