Rhys Harries

Transport and Planning Technician

Rhys's job title is Senior Consultant at Evoke Transport Planning Consultancy

What I do

We work across many sectors to mitigate the effects of new developments on traffic congestion and the potential impact the project may have on the surrounding transport network. The goal is to make the development as sustainable as possible and to reduce the reliance on private cars.

We also look at the actual design of developments – identifying how we can ensure that vehicles can access and leave the site safely and we provide guidance on designing the highways.

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How I became a technician

After doing my GCSEs and A-levels at school, I went to Plymouth University to study Geography, which included a two-month placement at a transport planning company. I was lucky that my tutor ran modules based on transport planning and the urban environment – it just seemed right for me.

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What I love most about my job

I really enjoy the design and technical aspects of my work. Being able to produce a design on a computer and then see it in development on-site is a great feeling.
I also love knowing that I'm making a difference in the overall design of a project. A few years ago, I worked on a scheme near Wembley, and if I now go on Google Maps, I can see a road that came from our initial design - that’s a nice feeling!

The best bits about working in a team

We are a small team that works together on different projects, and although we also have our own clients, it is a very team-oriented office - the morale is great! The best thing is knowing someone is there to help if I need advice - it's always helpful to have a different perspective.

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

Currently, I am working on a scheme in Slough for a data centre, which is different from anything I’ve done before. The project is reducing the number of lorries going through this small town and has had a really positive response from the residents, which is not always the case! It's a niche, small development that is very personal to that area - and I am very proud of it!

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