Evelopment Planning & Transport Assessment

Development Planning & Transport Assessment
Transport Assessment Coursework
Session 2014-15

What you must do

You are required to produce a report (max 2500 words plus tables and figures) that fulfils the requirements of the coursework specification and your application of the TA Guidelines.

You will be marked primarily on the degree to which the content of your report fulfils the requirements of the coursework specification.
However, a proportion of the marks (10%) will be given for good presentation, report structure, and language. The use of diagrams and other illustrations will also score additional marks.
This assessment addresses learning objective 3 from the module descriptor for this module, that is: produce a Transport Assessment report for a new development, reflecting the most up-to-date guidance from government.
This means that to get a good mark in this coursework you need to cover all the points that are listed in the set of bullet points on the next page
Your feedback, and mark, will relate to the degree to which you have covered all these points.

Transport Assessment
The coursework requires you to produce a Transport Assessment (TA) for a potential development site, preferably one with which you are familiar. This should not be an imaginary site, but it could be one that is not actually earmarked for (re-) development at the current time. It should not be absolutely in the middle of a town or city, though an edge-of-centre location would be acceptable. It should be large enough to support a 10,000 square metre (GFA) office development, a 150 bedroom 3* Travelodge hotel and 100 residential units (1/2 bedroom flats). I have provided information for a site in Edinburgh for those who wish to choose this development for the coursework.
You must develop an outline Transport Assessment to be submitted to the local council.

This should cover:
* Description of the existing site.
* Description of the proposed development, including site layout.
* Description of current public transport, cycling and walking access.
* Access arrangements, for different modes of transport.
* Car parking provision (based on local car parking standards).
*Trip generation and modal split if you did not have any measures to influence the way that people travel to work. Ways to influence how people get to work in order to reduce reliance on the private car; and how many car trips you think will be generated as a result.
*Targets for modal split and ways to achieve these.
* Approximate likely distribution of trips to/from the development on the local network. This may require you to obtain census data to work out populations in different zones; this data is downloadable from the National Statistics website, or your own organisation may already have such data.
* Junctions a?in scopea? of the development and the level of current congestion at these junctions. This should be limited to a description of the junctions, critical junction movements and queue lengths a junction modelling is not required.
* Any proposed improvements to local transport infrastructure and services.
* Details of a preliminary Travel Plan including measures to be adopted.

You should use:
a? TA Guidelines
a? Public transport websites and information.
a? Trip generation database, e.g. TRICS or other information.
a? Relevant parking standards for new development