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Transport Assessment
Stage 1: Assessing the Travel Characteristics of a Development: The site visit

One or more site visits may be needed to examine aspects such as:
  • accessibility within the site boundaries: For larger developments it will be necessary to consider the travel time across the functional area of the development: from the boundary of the site with public access routes to the 'entrance' of the building(s).  The site visit may suggest other layouts for the building(s) and locations of doors and entrances to the site which could save time and provide better quality access by non-car modes;
  • accessibility on foot to the site from the surrounding locality, bus stops, bus and train stations;
  • accessibility for people with mobility impairments: for example, provision of dropped kerbs or tactile paving and the quality of lighting (See Development Control Advice Note 11 (Revised) – Access for All: Designing for an Accessible Environment (DOE, 2003))
  • pedestrian crossings and safety: including whether alternative layouts on the surrounding highways might reduce conflicts between pedestrians and motorised traffic or cycles;
  • access by bicycle: identifying opportunities for improving cycle access including cycle lanes, junction and crossing improvements;
  • access from bus stops (and bus or railway stations): calculating walking times from bus stops or stations and considering whether new bus stops are required or existing ones need to be relocated; and
  • access for vehicular traffic (buses, if appropriate, cars and lorries): identifying potential conflicts with non-vehicular modes, as well as possible local congestion problems.
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