Modelling of the preliminary designs is carried out in the Transport Assessment using various different bespoke software packages such as PICADY, ARCADY, JUNCTIONS 9, LINSIG and TRANSYT. These software packages will advise on the suitability of the site accesses and the key junctions on the local network potentially affected by the development traffic. Where junctions are found to be operating at or already over capacity, highway improvements or mitigation measures may be suggested to reduce the level of car borne trips.
Traffic Modelling can be complex and includes link assessment and the design or improvement of priority junctions, roundabouts and traffic signals.
In depth details of the Transport Assessment may be read at our dedicated Transport Assessment website.
A Transport Statement is a simplified Transport Assessment and is used in some cases where transport issues arising out of development proposals may not require a full Transport Assessment due to the smaller scale of the development and impact.
In depth details of the Transport Statement may be read at our dedicated Transport Statement website.
The Transport Assessment will be accompanied by a Travel Plan which will seek, by a number of suggested measures, to reduce the level of single occupancy vehicle trips generated by the development. Travel Plans are an increasingly important tool in the delivery of sustainable development and it is normal for the Travel Plan to be devised in conjunction with the Local Highway Authority. It will be bespoke to the development and its locality and will work to nationally recognised standards for access to local services and travel facilities as well as appropriate walking or cycling distances.
The Travel Plan will include an audit of existing arrangements for access by sustainable travel and measures and initiatives to promote the use of sustainable travel alternatives. The Travel Plan will set out the role of the Travel Plan Coordinator, who may be the Consultant, who will be required as part of the plan to be appointed and to remain in place throughout the life of the development process.
The Travel Plan will set out the base line surveys that will be carried out in relation to existing travel patterns for staff, residents and visitors and will make reference to annual travel surveys to monitor the success of the Travel Plan measures and the reporting procedures back to the Local Highway Authority’s Travel Plan Officer.
In depth details of the Travel Plan may be read at our dedicated Travel Plan website.
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