As one or two of our readers have already mentioned, Countryside have published the results of their consultation on their proposed development in Rawreth. 150 residents sent in comments.
You can find it here.
For future reference, this is Countryside’s response on traffic (we copy over their response on other subjects such as drainage later).
Will the development create more traffic around Rayleigh?
We understand that traffic is a concern to many. Countryside has commissioned a traffic impact and mitigation assessment to review potential impacts of the development on the local road network. The results of this assessment, which will include consideration of both Rawreth Lane and London Road, will feed into the detailed proposals and will form part of the forthcoming planning application. It will also identify any improvement works that may be required for local roads and junctions as a result of this development.
Improvements to local roads and junctions are needed
Will any new roads be built?
Will existing roads be repaired or widened?
The traffic impact assessments that we are carrying out will examine the situation at existing junctions and routes. Alterations to junctions to increase capacity will be agreed with Essex County Council as Highway Authority where appropriate; and any necessary improvements will be delivered as part of the development.
Essex County Council will determine when any improvements would be made. We understand this is a priority and we will feed this back to the Council.
What will be done to manage construction traffic?
All large new developments are subject to Construction Management Plans which are documents submitted to the Council for approval, and which deal with the practical issues of construction, such as routing of large vehicles to the site. The Construction Management Plan will also make provision for on-site parking of contractor’s vehicles, and for wheel wash facilities and road sweeping to keep the adjoining roads clean.
Access to the development
How will the site be accessed, and have any other options been considered?
The Council’s Site Allocation Plan specifically requires us to provide an access from Rawreth Lane and from London Road, within the allocated site area. Our proposed points of access are designed to comply with these requirements.
A new bus service serving the development is required
The development will be linked to the local public transport network. The estate road running through the development will be designed to accommodate a bus service (the nature of the service will be agreed with the Councils and bus service provider).
Local rail service
The local rail service into London is at capacity, will the development make this worse?
It is the responsibility of the railway service provider to address any deficiencies there may be in service capacity.
Concern that the estate road running through the development could become a rat run
The road will be designed as an ‘estate road’ and will be traffic calmed to ensure that a low speed limit (20 or 30 mph) is adhered to, linking London Road and Rawreth Lane, which provides access to the various areas of the development rather than being a fast, straight road used as a quick route. This road will be designed to best serve the development in terms of getting around the town and to the wider road networks.
What surveys have been carried out and at what time of day etc?
The Transport Assessment to be submitted with the application will provide further details in due course.
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