Commonwealth Games Routable Network – Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust (CRT) commissioned Compass Informatics to develop a routable network for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

About The Canal & River Trust

Founded in 2012, Canal & River Trust is the UK’s largest waterways charity, caring for a 2,000-mile network of stunning canals and navigable rivers.

Connecting many of the UK’s urban and rural areas, they provide essential spaces for wildlife and people, helping us all feel happier and healthier.The 250-year-old waterways in their care include; the canals, embankments, culverts and reservoirs as well as the bridges, locks and towpaths.Their vital ecosystems are also threatened by the growing impact of climate change and more extreme weather and need more care now than ever. 

Project Requirement

Hosting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will have a huge positive impact on the West Midlands.

As the region welcomes people from all over the world, additional transport capacity is required for spectators as they make their way between events.

This could lead to congestion on footpaths near venues as spectators look for the best way to the next event.

CRT identified that the towpath network is underused, and could be used to redirect visitors away from main roads and peak times between events.

Understanding how visitors could use the CRT network could ease congestion and help plan the location of facilities such as toilets, refreshments and signage.

Compass’ Solution – Routable Network

Our team’s objective was to compile the necessary data, apply a routing algorithm and evaluate the results with the Trust.

Through combining and enhancing data from Ordnance Survey map, NaPTAN transport stops, and the CRT’s towpath dataset, the team created a routable network between sporting venues and public transport nodes. 

Multiple routes were generated between venues using the road network, canal towpaths and thousands more when combined with public transport nodes within a 5km radius of each venue.

Compass Informatics used its proprietary routing software to generate the network. Tools used included Python, QGIS and ArcGIS with the final package delivered to the client as an ESRI geodatabase.

This data will be included ion the CRT’s planning in the run-up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Solution Snapshot

About TGI

Tracsis Geo Intelligence, a sister company of Compass Informatics, emerges with a sharpened focus on Earth Observation, Sustainability, and the UK Market.

Building upon the expertise and experience of Compass Informatics, Tracsis Geo Intelligence offers a comprehensive suite of geospatial solutions.

Compass Informatics is a leading provider of geospatial solutions, specialising in the application of GIS, IT, and mobile technologies across various sectors, including transportation, environment and natural resources.

Tracsis Geo Intelligence and Compass Informatics are both part of the Tracsis Group.

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