It is widely understood that many people face difficulties moving around Evesham. Congestion is the most apparent difficulty, affecting many of the town's roads and the A46 Trunk Road that skirts around the town. This leads to lengthy delays, journey-time unreliability and great frustration. The continual growth in ' travel demand' affects many parts of the UK, but it is particularly felt in Evesham with its tight network of narrow roads and limited river crossings.
Other factors must also be considered when assessing the provision for transport in a town, and these relate to the availability of transport choice, including provision for public transport (rail, taxis, community transport and buses) and active travel (walking and cycling).
Evesham Town Transport Strategy
Evesham's issues with access and congestion cannot be remedied by a simple, single solution. Instead Worcestershire County Council, in partnership with Wychavon District Council, is developing the Evesham Town Transport Strategy so as to address the town's transport problems with a measured, incremental package of schemes that considers all modes of transport.
This approach seeks to:
- assess what schemes there might be that can be delivered in the shorter term
- develop medium term schemes
- build the business case for longer term investment in larger schemes
Development of the Evesham Transport Strategy
This 'measured' approach began with a traffic survey throughout Evesham.
The next step was the creation of a computer-based traffic model of Evesham's road network. The model is founded on the results from the traffic survey to ensure that it properly reflects how Evesham's roads function.
Worcestershire County Council had a large number of proposals for improving transport in Evesham: some from Worcestershire's Local Transport Plan fourth edition and many kindly shared by residents of Evesham. Whilst the model was being finalised, Worcestershire County Council commissioned a Pre-Feasibility study to assess which of these proposals could work on Evesham's roads. The results of this study are now available:
The results from that Pre-Feasibility study determined which proposals to now test in the traffic model. The initial aim of this work is to develop a number of schemes that can be delivered in the short term to help ease traffic flows in Evesham (within the constraints of the town's existing road network and the traffic demand placed on it).
Finally, Worcestershire County Council is working in partnership with Highways England (the body that manages the A46), to support two projects that could see the trunk road improved in the vicinity of Evesham. The first project is the development of a funding bid that, if successful, would see the junctions around Evesham improved (in order to ease congestion) by 2021. The second is an investigation into the 'whole corridor' of the A46, to assess how it performs as part of the nation's Strategic Road Network: Worcestershire County Council is supporting this investigation and is making the case for Evesham to be a focus for any improvements that might be proposed.
Liaison and information sharing
A stakeholder group has been set-up to ensure that there is good communication between representatives of Evesham and the two Councils. The stakeholder group consists of Evesham's representative bodies: Worcestershire County Councillors, Wychavon District Councillors, Evesham Town Council, VECTA, Vale of Evesham Civic Society, the Ramblers and Cycle Evesham Vale.
This website will be updated whenever packages of work conclude and the two Councils will look to hold public events at key points throughout the development of the Strategy.