Both local and national planning and transport policies encourage more sustainable patterns of travel through the appropriate location of development, encouraging mixed uses and giving greater attention to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users in the planning of new developments.
The consideration and promotion of sustainable travel should be incorporated into the master planning process from the outset.
In particular, the internal street layout, opportunities for bus route penetration, bus stop locations, provision of foot and cycle links, shared surfaces and crossing points, should all be considered in the master planning process.
This will ensure that the development is truly accessible and sustainable as well as compliant with policy.
The design of new transport infrastructure is another important consideration under the umbrella of sustainable modes of transport. In particular, the design of new foot and cycle ways, home zones, bus gates, crossing facilities, bus stops, bus lanes, and intelligent traffic signals that can detect an approaching bus, are often required as part of both pre- and post-planning transport work.
The benefits of our transport planning services in relation to sustainable modes of transport are:
- Ensuring sustainable transport considerations are incorporated into the development at the Masterplan stage
- Ensuring compliance with local and national planning and transport policies
- Helping to secure planning approval
- Maximising opportunities for walking, cycling and public transport usage
- Minimising post-planning developer financial contributions for highways and transport schemes
- Reducing the environmental impact of the development
How We Can Help
We are able to provide transportation input to Masterplans, advising on the most appropriate locations for access, identifying opportunities for ‘green’ transport links such as foot and cycle ways, identifying opportunities for public transport access, advising on the suitability of the layout of the site in terms of encouraging access by sustainable modes and providing input in relation to ensuring compliance with local and national policies.
We are also able to negotiate directly with the Local Authority’s public transport teams and the public transport operators in relation to developer financial contributions towards public transport.
In addition, we can undertake sustainable transport audits, whereby we visit a site to determine the existing availability of walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure, to demonstrate that the site can be accessed by a choice of transport modes.
We can also undertake this service in relation to the initial feasibility of a development, to ascertain whether or not there is the likelihood of a site being granted planning consent on the basis of its transport accessibility credentials.
Examples of Our Work
Lydiard Fields, Swindon: Detailed negotiations with bus operators in order to serve a 10,000 m² office development together with 2,500 m² health & fitness centre adjacent to Junction 16 of the M4 motorway, together with the provision of a new footway/cycleway to improve accessibility.
Lingley Mere Business Park, Warrington: On-going strategic advice to United Utilities relating to car parking, travel planning and highways at their HQ site. More…
Unipart, Cowley: Comprehensive site audit and preparation of report for Headquarters and distribution centre recommending safety improvements relating to access for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. More…
Witham Town Centre, Essex: Re-routing of bus services and impact on branch line rail services for a proposed 635-space multi-storey car park adjacent to Witham railway station.