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Wherever new or better roads help communities prosper, we can make original solutions possible.

We understand the competing needs of communities and environment, and bring integrated commercial and technical experience to the perennial challenges of limited space, time and funding.

Without bringing cities to a halt, we realise ambitious projects that make them better places to live. In the UK, for example, we kept disruption to a minimum while construction of the New Tyne Crossing doubled capacity on a vital transport link in England’s north.

In San Francisco, congestion and seismic threat gave urgent cause to replace Doyle Drive, the ageing approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Its historic and ecologically sensitive site added complexity. Arup’s innovative design now blends roadway and surroundings, and our transaction advice ensured essential investment.

Rethinking roads for the future

We use technology with care so that it benefits both road users and the environment. On the Shenzhen Western Corridor, for instance, our Intelligent Transport Systems manage congestion and reduce emissions.

Whether innovating with technology or updating existing highways to extend their useful life, our holistic mindset generates new and robust solutions.

To the complete life cycle of highways, we apply knowledge in bridges, tunnels, geotechnics, environmental consulting, transport planningtransaction advice and more. Beyond the design and management of transport systems, our global specialist technical skills add unexpected benefits. Arup’s pavement experience in aviation, for instance, helps us rethink road surfaces.

Local knowledge is just as essential. It came to the fore in Abu Dhabi, for instance, where our design for the Tarif-Madient-Zayed-Liwar motorway cut down on maintenance by lessening the impact of wind-blown sand.

We plan for the future too and invest in research to help understand what’s on the horizon for our industry. Our film, Future of Highways, explores the forces which will shape the future of highways up to 2050.

Connecting people to opportunity

We like to push what is possible in highway design, but we always return to what drives us: creating networks that help communities thrive.

In that spirit, we helped ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of Hungary’s M6/M60 motorway, a key link in essential corridors for people and freight across Europe.

Global contact

Tony Marshall
  • Tony Marshall

    Tony Marshall

    Tony Marshall

    Global Highways Business Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Designing surface access solutions to improve accessibility to major airports including Hong Kong and JFK International Airport in New York.

    Why is it significant?

    These were challenging projects involving complex, multimodal interchange solutions between road, rail and public modes of transport. Being part of a team which can help improve the efficiency of a critical piece of infrastructure is very rewarding.

    Your particular skill?

    Bringing together the best of our global skills to create design solutions and build teams which are responsive to clients’ needs, dynamic and highly experienced.


    Being part of a team responsible for bringing life to a major infrastructure project still excites me. Equally exciting is the opportunities we have at Arup to pioneer the application of new technology to improve the way we work across the globe.

    Why Arup?

    Our unique ownership culture and the people that make it work, the freedom we have to explore and innovate, the opportunities we are given and as a result, the opportunities we can create for others.

  • Global Highways Business Leader
  • Doug Balmer

    Doug Balmer

    Headshot of Balmer Douglas. Credit: Arup.

    Americas Highway Business Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Defining the New Champlain Bridge, Montreal

    Why is it significant?

    It demonstrates the culmination of a lifetime of delivering major infrastructure projects around the world. By taking a ‘big picture’ view of the benefits a project can bring to a city and region, we has been able to enhance the lives of future users and the adjacent local communities for the next 125 years. The team worked hard to define the architecture and technical requirements for the new bridge.

    Your particular skill?

    Leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex infrastructure projects.


    Delivering good quality, highly coordinated designs and advice.

    Why Arup?

    The drive to engage with clients and communities, bringing best practice to local challenges. The sheer breadth of services available from Arup means we truly can take a holistic approach to solving project needs within the built environment.

    Anything else?

    Designing highways is a small part of what we do. It is more about connecting people and advising clients as to how we can help people move and go about their daily lives.

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