Whilst the majority of our projects can be easily categorised, we occasionally work on more unusual schemes. Some of these are highlighted below.
Cromer crematorium is the latest in a series of crematorium sites that we have assessed for a specialist nationwide client. The Cremation Act 1902 is restrictive in the location of a crematorium and where there is an identified need for a new or expanded crematorium the competition to find a suitable site can be fierce. A crematorium cannot be located within 200 yards of a dwelling without the owner’s consent, which is seldom given, nor can it be within 50 yards of a highway.
In relation to Cromer crematorium, the access issues were different to the normal issues. The site for the new crematorium was to the rear of an existing cemetery, and owned by the Town Council. The Town Council were fully supportive of the proposals and would receive much needed finance from the sale of the site to a private operator.
However, the existing access to the site was unconventional in that it was parallel to an existing side road junction, with no physical separation, which led to confusion for users of both accesses. Also, a separate exit point for the site had very poor visibility onto a single track road that carries two-way traffic.
Further concerns were raised by local residents who saw the cemetery as a gateway site into Cromer town centre and they wanted the revised access design to incorporate a roundabout to slow traffic speeds on the approach to the town.
SCP successfully negotiated a more economic design solution for the access which not only overcame the need for an expensive roundabout solution, but also provided betterment for both the adjoining junction and the existing cemetery access. The existing exit from the site was closed to private vehicle use and retained for the hearse to leave the site only. The existing entry to the site was improved to cater for two-way traffic and was re-routed to join the existing side road before reaching the main road; hence there is now to be a conventional T-junction at the junction with the main road.
Stagecoach Park & Ride, Hazel Grove, Stockport
SCP were appointed by Stagecoach UK Bus to assist with the planning of the very first bus-based park-&-ride scheme in Greater Manchester, located at Hazel Grove within the administrative area of Stockport Council. The scheme features a 400+ space car park and will enable commuters and shoppers travelling into Stockport and Manchester to travel via Stagecoach’s famous 192 service.
The Transport Assessment work necessary for a scheme of this nature was challenging and required some very focussed expertise. Using highly detailed input data collected from numerous sources, a WebTAG-based binomial logit choice model was developed to forecast the numbers of people who might switch travel mode from car/train to the bus-based park-& -ride. SCP also had to factor in the anticipated local effects of the SEMMMS relief road, well before any details on that scheme had been made public. Following this, a large detailed LINSIG traffic model was developed which showed what the results of the scheme would be along the A6 corridor through Hazel Grove.
SCP designed the site access junctions as cost-effectively as possible and advised on various aspects of the layout, including detailed swept path analysis / vehicle tracking assessments. Our detailed design team carried out Stage 1 and 2 Road Safety Audits of the site access which fed into the overall design.
SCP worked closely and collaboratively with Stockport Council and TfGM throughout the Transport Assessment process, and planning permission for the scheme was granted in April 2013. SCP have also assisted in discharging many of the highway-related conditions attached to the planning permission.