TRL is to acquire Appia Infrastructure Solutions (Appia UK) in a bid to strengthen the working relationship between the two organisations.
The move will combine TRL’s acknowledged position as world-leading transport research and consultancy expert with Appia’s expertise as a leading highway and pavement management consultancy, and its asset management software ‘Scheme Engineer’.
TRL Appia will specialise in the delivery of advanced asset management tools and services and will develop Scheme Engineer into a new suite of asset management solutions called ‘iRoads’.
The existing Appia UK Doncaster office will be retained and staff will also work out of TRL’s Berkshire HQ.
Dr Sue Sharland, chief executive at TRL, says: “This important and exciting acquisition will provide a platform for innovation, development, and growth within the asset management market.
“The strength of TRL’s infrastructure research and consultancy experience and the specialist software expertise of Appia will combine to develop a suite of powerful asset management tools and services that can be presented to a wider group of customers – particularly highways authorities and international transport organisations.”
Peter Davidson, Appia UK director, said: “Full integration with TRL is the next natural step and I am delighted that this move will mean further investment in the development of our asset management software and will enable us to build the iRoads suite of asset management tools.”
For more information contact TRL on +44 (0) 1344 70514/0141.