Delivery insights

Connecting a cruise ship pier with the adjacent road network and public transport

Client Situation

As part of the long term plans of a Host City of a major summer multi-sport event, a new cruise ship pier was planned to be constructed.

For the event, the city intended to provide accommodation to more than 20 000 clients in several cruise ships that would be berthed in the new cruise ship pier in order to enhance the city’s accommodation map.

The Port is located at close proximity of key public transport stations of metro, suburban railway and buses in a very busy area. As per the city plans, a tram system would be developed to support the transfers between the cruise port and public transport. At the same time, the adjacent road network was under full reconstruction.

Given the complicated external network and the volumes of port residents to be transported, our client asked us to develop plans for the external connectivity of the Port.

The way to problem solving

As a first step, we distinguished port residents into two categories with respect to their transport privileges: clients entitled to transport services developed specifically for the event and clients having access to public transport.

We then estimated the demand for arriving and departing clients for the above two categories and we identified the expected hourly peaks throughout the event days.

Based on the peaks, we determined the requirements for parking areas and load zones.

Following, we developed alternative designs for the connectivity of the port with the exclusive road network, for the operation of the intermediate tram service and for the allocation of load zones and parking spaces per client group in the available spaces.

Finally, we selected the preferred option for traffic and transport arrangements between the port and the city systems and we developed the detailed design.


Our work resulted in:

  • Estimation of peak demand for mass transit services generated by the port residents
  • Design of the bus mall and the car fleet load zones at close proximity to the port passenger terminals minimising conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians
  • Recommendations for the tram operations and special traffic measures
  • Design of special bus shuttle services to the nearby mass transit stations
  • Analysis of the demand vs capacity for the mass transit systems.