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Hambleton and Easingwold
Taylor Wimpey approached TPS for advice regarding the suitability, in transport terms, of a potential residential development site in Hambleton.
Our subsequent Technical Note highlighted that the site would benefit from ready access to sustainable modes of transport. We forecast the likely number of person trips as well as vehicular trips and provided a high-level assessment of how access to the site might be achieved for private, emergency and refuse vehicles. Our work identified to our client the possible options for access to the site and their limitations, we also considered and confirmed the factors that might constrain the development and potential mitigation measures.
Similarly, Taylor Wimpey approached TPS for advice regarding a potential development site in Easingwold.
From our site visit, and adoption of the County Council’s design guidance, we could conclude that access to the site would likely be via a simple priority ‘T’ junction. The minimal traffic flows on the principal route made it unlikely that a right turn ghost island would be required; also, a normal sized roundabout would impact too heavily on the development site, a mini roundabout should not be implemented at new junctions and traffic signals at this location would be an over provision. Albeit that the principal road is predominantly rural in character and is sinuous, we could demonstrate that a priority junction, that meets the County Council’s highway design standards, can be formed at a location which facilitates full standard visibility splays of 4.5m x 90m to be provided in either direction that would not be impacted upon by bends in the road.
Having determined an appropriate location for the access, we were able to identify the potential impact of its construction on utility services and it was observed, particularly, that lighting columns, a telegraph pole and a telecoms box are located near to the new junction location and, thus, potentially costly utility works would be required to accommodate the access.