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Transport Vision 

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Transport Vision

 

The transport vision for the development promotes options for sustainable transport choices, including walking, cycling, buses, and autonomous vehicles, and therefore proposes to minimise impacts on the surrounding road network. It is proposed that this could be achieved through providing opportunities for people to live and work on the site, and by providing a range of local amenities and leisure facilities within easy reach, allowing people to choose sustainable transport to travel to their work or leisure destination. 

 

In addition, it is proposed to remove some existing vehicle trips on the surrounding highway network by providing opportunities for new public transport options for travel in the area. These include improvements to the walking, wheeling and cycling network through the development site, a bus route, a park and ride facility, and the potential for a direct autonomous vehicle link through the development between NSECH and Seaton Delaval railway station on the Northumberland rail line. 

 

Overall, the primary transport aims of the development are to ensure that sustainable modes of transport are the first choice for all and in so doing, to bring wider improvements that will increase transport options in the area and reduce car trips on the existing road network. 

 

Highway access is proposed from a new roundabout on the A189, and a new signal-controlled junction on the B1326. These accesses could be linked through the development to facilitate a proposed bus route, and could also link to a network of low-speed secondary routes through the development to prioritise the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.

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Key Points of Transport Vision

 

  • Create a self-sustaining community focused upon Healthy New Towns objectives;

  • Create a development which is connected by high quality, direct and safe walking, wheeling and cycling routes to maximise the ‘internalised’ trips and ensure that they are undertaken by the most sustainable modes of travel;

  • Include a walking, wheeling, cycling and autonomous vehicle route which could provide links between Cramlington town centre and NSECH, Seaton Delaval, and Seghill, offer accessible sustainable transport links through the development Site;

  • Deliver visible, high quality mobility hubs throughout the development which could provide electric vehicle and bike charging facilities, cycle hubs (including cycle parking, hire and repair facilities), last mile delivery facilities (including lockers and cargo bikes), autonomous vehicle ‘stations’, concierge services and signposting facilities;

 

  • Deliver a new bus route through the site to encourage travel by bus;

 

  • Provide a park and ride facility;

  • Provide cycle storage facilities at each dwelling to encourage cycle ownership and usage;

  • Provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure at each dwelling to encourage any residual car journeys that are made to be in low emission vehicles, and;

  • Implement a Travel Plan with firm and measurable initiatives to promote sustainable travel for residents from first occupation and encourage sustainable modes for the employment uses within the development. 

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By adopting this vision, it is anticipated that the proposed development could minimise car journeys, internalise trips and ensure these are carried out by sustainable transport modes, whilst reducing the number of car trips to minimise impacts on the surrounding road network, including the A19 Moor Farm junction.
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