Manchester Airport - Ground Transport Interchange


Movement Strategies provided specialist support to BDP to deliver this project for Manchester Airport Group, undertaking a passenger demand forecast and assessment for the Ground Transport Interchange (GTI) Capacity Improvement Scheme.




What we did

We worked with the BDP-led design team to develop an optimised layout proposal for the GTI building, which responds to the needs of existing and future users of this busy multi-modal transport hub which serves the rapidly expanding airport.

We developed demand forecasts for a variety of scenarios and undertook capacity assessments, focused on the GTI entrance serving the Airport City development, whilst also considering the vertical circulation elements, which is a significant opportunity for improved passenger flow and safety.

We then developed Legion simulation models, of both the existing and proposed layouts, to inform the spatial planning of the building and operational decision-making process. This exercise focused on both capacity and passenger experience, as well as quantifying the degree to which the commercial opportunities highlighted by the Masterplanning team were exploited.


Our work was an important input to inform the decision making which prioritised the physical interventions to increase the internal capacity (both horizontal and vertical) as part of the design proposal.

Movement Strategies delivered a detailed capacity assessment which helped inform future asset investment requirements and an optimal spatial arrangement of current and future uses within the Ground Transport Interchange. The brief was challenging due to the complexity of passenger flows within the building however Movement Strategies delivered the requirements of the brief to a high standard.

Scott Howard
Manchester Airport Group

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