The Ridge Transport Development Planning team was appointed to support the preparation of a masterplan for the area north of Poole town centre.
The masterplan sought to enhance the Kingland Road environment by:
Creating a focal point for retail/ leisure uses.
Significantly reducing traffic movements.
Improving pedestrian and cycle links.
Creating a new pedestrian-priority area around the Lighthouse Arts Centre.
To support the options being led by BDP Architects, Ridge developed the proposals to enable the removal of through-traffic from Kingsland Road. This involved the preparation of numerous preliminary designs relating to associated local junction improvements to accommodate diverted traffic movements resulting from reduced traffic on Kingland Road.
Significantly reducing traffic movements
Improving pedestrian and cycle links
Ridge also prepared an assessment of the suitability of local car parks to accommodate the increase in demand resulting from the masterplan proposals. The study examined existing parking provisions, considered demand throughout the day and throughout the year, and identified any spare capacity to accommodate the increased demand. Estimated demand for additional parking, and the associated impact on the local network, was determined by the use of the Trip Rate Information Computer System (TRICS) database. Access for pedestrians, mobility impaired and cycling were considered.
Vehicle tracking was prepared which demonstrated the suitability of the proposed layouts for delivery and emergency vehicles, together with ensuring that the new layouts for the relocated and improved bus station were workable for the appropriate public transport vehicles.
The process of determining the preferred option involved regular presentations and workshops with the local authority and key stakeholders.