What this document is
A summary of the process for assessing traffic impacts of the North London Heat and Power Project (the Project)
A Transport Assessment (TA) is being undertaken to assess the potential impact of the Project on the transport network. When complete the TA will be submitted as part of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application. An Interim Transport Report (ITR) has been prepared to present the initial findings of the transport assessment. The TA that will support the DCO submission will reflect this ITR.
Key transport issues addressed within the ITR include:
- the number of trips generated by the Project at all stages during construction and operation;
- the proposed car and cycle parking provision;
- the site accessibility by all modes of transport; and
- the effect of the Project on the local transport network, including public transport.
Existing transport conditions have been analysed to understand the current capacity and operations of the site. The transport conditions that will be assessed as part of the TA include:
- local highway network and traffic flows
- public transport including frequency of services and location of stations and bus stops
- pedestrian and cycle networks
- road safety including road traffic accidents and accident hotspots
The assessment of the effects on the local highway network involved an analysis of the construction and operational traffic flows generated by the project. A detailed assessment of the junctions close to the EcoPark was undertaken, including:
- Cooks Ferry roundabout
- junction of A1055 Meridian site
- A406 North Circular junction with Montagu Road;
- A1055 Meridian Way junction with Conduit Lane;
- A406 North Circular Road junction with A1010 Fore Street; and
- A406 North Circular Road junction with A10 Great Cambridge Road.
The assessment shows that for both construction and operation, the additional traffic generated by the Project will not result in any significant increases on local highway network with only minor increases and, in some time periods, decreases in the traffic flows on the A406 and other key routes. The increase in trips during operation is predominantly associated with an increase in activity at the Reuse and Recycling Centre when compared with the existing operations on the EcoPark. On some local roads very close to the EcoPark, namely Advent Way and Ardra Road, increases in traffic flows would be experienced. However, these increases can be accommodated on the local highway network given that the baseline traffic flows are low.
The project will generate some additional trips by public transport however these can be accommodated without affecting capacity on public transport services. Similarly the additional trips on foot and bicycle would not have any effect on the pedestrian and cycle networks.
Framework Operational and Construction Travel Plans have been prepared. Both Travel Plans aim to promote the use of sustainable modes of transport through a range of measures including the provision of public transport shuttle services (for construction), the provision of cycle parking and the promotion of car sharing.
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