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Transport Initiatives
Office 4, 145 Islingword Rd
Brighton BN2 9SH

Phone: 0845 345 7623
Mobile: 07725 466840

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Welcome to Transport Initiatives!

Transport Initiatives LLP is an independent transport planning consultancy, formed in 2005. Our five members all have strong in-depth knowledge of sustainable transport in general and cycling in particular.

We specialise in innovative ways of developing and promoting sustainable transport options, covering every step from initial strategies and audits to managing implementation and monitoring outcomes. Our clients include local authorities, national parks, development bodies, Government Departments, train operators and anyone else requiring practical and achievable sustainable transport solutions.

The Transport Initiatives team mainly developed their skills working in or for local authorities. They contributed to the work of Cycling England between 2005 and 2010. Our team are internationally recognised as being experts in their field.

Longwick Transport Vision

Transport Initiatives has produced a Transport Vision for Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council in conjunction with the local community. Consultation is more difficult in a time of Covid but we got the message about our project into every household and undertook an extensive multi-stage consultation using questionnaires, focus groups and exhibitions. The key themes that residents highlighted were a small number of dangerous junctions, speeding and traffic volumes suppressing walking cycling and horse riding. Older people wanted to be able to travel to neighbouring towns by bus and younger people wanted active travel opportunities. Something that the consultation did not reveal but appeared in subsequent conversations was that a significant number of people feel trapped in the village by lack of travel opportunities. The key recommendations were:∑        

  • Comprehensive speed limit reductions and measures to highlight boundaries of slower areas      
  • Reducing the dominance of Thame Road in Longwick village by narrowing the carriageway to widen the footways, introducing measures to reduce speeds and add additional crossings for pedestrians   
  • Making proposals to make Chestnut Way less attractive to through traffic including measures to improve the junctions at Lower Icknield Way and the Red Lion
  • Proposing pedestrian and cycle links, particularly to Princes Risborough and the Phoenix Way        
  • Proposing measures to calm traffic and improve safety in the hamlets surrounding the main village

Gwynedd Active Travel Schemes Review

The Welsh Active Travel Act (2013) specifies that local authorities prepare Active Travel Plans for towns with over 2000 inhabitants. We recently audited schemes for Gwynedd County Council using the Welsh Active Travel Audit Tool. The tool is optimised for dense flat urban areas and doesnít handle dispersed settlements scattered over hillsides very well. So a useful scheme here can score poorly. Our report not only itemised the tasks the Council need to undertake to ensure their schemes meet the active travel criteria but also reasons why some of them donít, or indeed canít. A common reason in Gwynedd is hills but some roads within settlements can be little changed from their rural origins. The picture shows a scheme which created a new footway near a high school in Bethesda where space for the footway has been taken from fields either side, the stone walls rebuilt and street lighting provided.  

Stage two of the project, currently in progress, is to analyse the 1600 responses to the Commonplace consultation on active travel needs to help the Council prioritise the next tranche of potential routes. 

Crawley Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan

The Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Crawley has just been published by Crawley Borough Council and can be found here.

TI has carried out a number of studies for the council over the last few years, including a full Cycle Network Audit in 2017/18. For the LCWIP, we helped develop the draft and detailed cycle route alignments (including detailed route assessments using the Propensity to Cycle and Route Selection Tools developed by DfT). We then produced outline designs which met the requirements in LTN1/20, including estimated costs. We also looked in detail at walking provision in the town centre using the Walking Route Assessment Tool (WRAT).  As a New Town, Crawley had some cycle infrastructure (though not on a par with places like Stevenage) but there has only been piecemeal improvements in recent times. The LCWIP sets out a clear vision for how the undoubted potential for cycling and walking in the town could be realised in the future, especially as the town increases in size in the future. Extended the network to join up with the existing links along the NCN to Gatwick Airport will play a large part in delivering this.

South Essex Cycling & Walking Network Review

We are currently carrying out reviews of cycling and walking networks for South Essex Active Transport (Southend on Sea BC, Thurrock Council, Castle Point BC and Rochford DC). The study comprises Cycle Skills Network Audits of the main urban areas and audits of cycle parking and direction signing. Detailed walking audits using the Walking Route Assessment Tool from the Governmentís LCWIP guidance are also being undertaken in the two main centres of each council area. From these on-site and additional data audits a list of key interventions will be recommended. The Covid restrictions have made carrying out this work more difficult as, aside from the obvious health issues, traffic levels and driver behaviour have been affected. Site work is also more restricted and as a result we have had to rely more on internet mapping tools. 


 

 

 


 

 

Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022