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Bicester Village, Bicester Developer-led study based on relocation of large food retail store and associated extension of shopping centre. Multi-site and multi-faceted number plate, junction, and pedestrian survey looking at Origin-Destination Trips, Journey Times, Vehicle Speeds, Queue Lengths, Trip Generation, and Car Parking Utilisation Assessments including Duration of Stay.
Croydon Transport Model Public Transport and road user study with key focus on Journey Times on numerous routes, particularly those criss-crossing the Croydon Tram-link. Various survey methods used including in-vehicle moving-observer verification and number plate data, as well as determination of Origin-Destination Trips.
Enfield Residential Routes Rat-running study through a number of discrete residential zones identifying routes used and abused to avoid congestion on principal roads, as well as journey time information.
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Parking surveys range from on-street, to off-street, to CPZ assessment and reviews involving several streets. Results from parking surveys can be a critical determinant in many design or development-led decisions. Sometimes, an understanding of the current level and type of usage is sought, on which projections can be made for future use. Projects requiring parking surveys may include development or conversion of a single house, new-build apartment blocks, office development, parade of shops, retail superstore, out of town retail parks, industrial estates comprising many enterprises/businesses, a large distribution centre, park-and-ride sites, airport parking, campus parking, student or staff parking, or event parking, etc.
Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are an important planning tool for keeping check on appropriate use of parking. CPZ surveys can be used to understand current utilisation and performance, and emerging trends – whether for residential, business, mixed, short-stay, loading, taxi, pick-up/drop-off, and whether facilitated by permits, pay-and-display, or free, etc. A specific application of parking surveys is the Lambeth Methodology. This assessment system is typically used in urban settings across the country, and we can proudly say that we are the pioneers of this system, developed in 2002. Applications include residential schemes, commercial schemes, conversions, change of use, etc.
Sometimes there is a need for a more detailed understanding of travel patterns or choices. In this case, direct questionnaire surveys can yield results with a deeper meaning than the interpretations of a volumetric survey. Questionnaire surveys may be carried out on the high street, a shopping centre, car park, on public transport, doorstep residential interviews, etc. Typical questions are based around route choice, origin/destination information, journey purpose, party size, etc.
Number plate information is used for matching road trips between origin and destination, or for studying duration of stay at car parks. Complex cordon studies can easily be analysed through number plate data to determine exact journeys. Additionally, accurate journey times can be deduced from number plate data, whether in seconds, minutes, or other convenient time segment.
Any aspect of road- and rail-based public transport, whether buses, trams, taxis, or trains. Surveys range from passenger boarding and alighting activity, bus stop activity, route performance surveys, and occupancy, to route choice questionnaires, access counts, barrier surveys, and Park + Ride user surveys etc.
As part of the wider Connecting Leicester programme, works are underway works to create a safer and more attractive route for cyclists and pedestrians on London Road. reallocating a small amount of road space, we will be able to introduce dedicated off-road cycle lanes, better bus stops, improved road crossings and wide, high quality pavements. This will help create a much safer and more appealing route for cyclists and pedestrians without compromising this busy route for other road users. It also allows us to introduce some ambitious improvements around the important public transport interchange at the railway station. Work will be carried out in phases to help minimise disruption to local businesses, traffic and other road users. A new cycle lane will be installed to replace the outbound bus lane between Conduit Street and Evington Road. A raised kerb alongside the main road will also feature to offer more protection to cyclists and help prevent illegal parking on the cycle lane. This will also see the construction of 'Dutch-style' bus stop bays similar to those constructed on Welford Road. These will channel cyclists behind the shelters, helping to improve safety for all road users.
Works will also include new cycle lanes and improved pavements continuing in front of the railway station, where a new bus-only lane will also be created, which will be camera enforced. Side roads will be raised to pavement level at their junctions with London Road, helping to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists. Traffic signals schemes at major junctions will also be revamped to give cyclists a head-start and reduce conflict with traffic turning left.
We have worked closely with input from local bus companies and user groups, city cycling groups and the family of cyclist Sam Boulton, who was tragically killed in an accident outside the railway station. We also asked for expert guidance from Brian Deegan, one of the main authors of Transport for London's cycling design standards.
Works to revamp the route between Granby Street and Mayfield Road roundabouts are also part of the £3.9million scheme. I am hoping these improvements will make it more attractive to residents, visitors, businesses, investors and developers.