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Transport Guidance for Developers

Guidance for the Use of Transport Models

This page provides links to guidance which is specifically aimed at developers planning to build in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire County Council owns and maintains a range of transport models and information, which it makes available for use by developers to test the impacts of proposed developments on Worcestershire's transport networks.

New developments, such as those proposed as part of adopted and draft core strategies, will generate increased demand for travel on the county's network across all modes of transport.

Accommodating this increased travel demand without impacting on the performance of the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life is crucial. In particular, it is vital that increased demand for travel does not lead to increased congestion which will result in higher transport costs, adversely impacting on businesses and transport users (economic performance).

Growth in travel can only be achieved with appropriate investment in transportation infrastructure, services and Smarter Choices measures (delivered through Travel Plans) which must be focussed specifically towards delivering the levels of accessibility and quality of services which:

  • Protect and enhance the performance of the local economy.
  • Maintain or reduce transport costs to users, operators and businesses.
  • Encourage and maximise the use of sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling and passenger transport), particularly where this reduces traffic congestion and minimises carbon emissions.
  • Are financially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Worcestershire County Council will require that a development's impacts are modelled where:

  • The development quantum is larger than those outlined in DfT Guidance on Transport Assessments.
  • The trips associated exceed a threshold of 100 person trips in the AM or PM Peak Period and is situated in the urban area.
  • The development is located in an area considered to be of significant strategic, economic, environmental or other importance.
  • The development is located at a point on the network considered to be constrained (including highway, passenger transport, cycle and walk networks).
  • The development is considered by the planning and highway authorities to potentially have a detrimental impact on the transport network in combination with other local development sites.
  • The development is proximate and/or likely to impact negatively on the A4440 Southern Link Road whereby both the WTM and the VISSIM A4440 model will need to be used to assess impacts.