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Health check worksheet T3 Ease of Movement around the Town


Part 1 Traffic management Edit

Q 1. How many road traffic accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists have there been at 'blackspots' in the town?

Method Compare accident rates involving pedestrians and cyclists with regional and national averages.

Starting points for information

  • County Council's transport or highways department

Note (Worksheets EN1 Q9; EC7 Q7,16 S7 Q2 also refer to transport access)

West Malling

Town Hill – no pedestrian or cycle accidents but multiple minor traffic accidents No accidents but pedestrian concerns in High Street close to Doctors Surgery St Leonards St – 1 pedestrian fatality at St Leonards St crossing between St Leonards Tower and Manor Park

Outlying Areas Mereworth & Offham: None reported

Q 2. What traffic management measures are in place?

Method Compare these measures to the information collected about traffic blackspots.

Starting points for information

  • Traffic Management Strategy
  • Local Transport Plan survey
West Malling
  • 20 MPH Zone engineered through West Malling Town Hill (North) to High Street (South)
  • 30 MPH through St Leonards St – but no calming.

The 20 mph speed limit is regularly broken increasing the danger to pedestrians.

Q3. Where are the seriously congested junctions or parts of the local road network, and at what times are they at their worst?

Starting points for information

  • Local knowledge
  • Traffic count data collected by County and District Councils
West MallingMorning & Afternoon rush hour
  • Swan Street & High Street Junction
  • High Street & Norman Road Junction
  • A20 – A228 Junction
  • Swan Street – Lucks Hill – start / end school day
  • Cars parked in Bus Stops after 4.00 pm and delivery lorries regularly block Swan Street

Q4 . Where are the places where there is conflict between pedestrians and cars, buses or heavy vehicles?

Method Look, for example, at shopping streets.

Starting points for information

  • Local knowledge
  • Traffic counts or surveys
West Malling
  • Town Hill
  • High Street by Doctors Surgery (local petition raised
  • 30 MPH through St Leonards St – but no calming.
  • Swan Street – Lucks Hill – start / end school day, now being assisted by “Walking Buses” from Tesco Car Park and from the New Town to the Primary School.

Mereworth

The Street, outside the school: Too many parents taking children to and from the school.

Offham

  • Church Road near school
  • HGV’s to Church Farm

Q5. Which of the main shopping streets in the town centre are pedestrianised or with pedestrian priority measures?

Starting points for information

  • Local surveys

Note (Worksheets EN1 Q10; EN3 Q7; EC7 Q13,14 also refer to pedestrian access)

West Malling
  • No pedestrianised shopping streets
  • Only 1 pedestrian crossing in length of town

Q6. Do traffic management measures prevent buses accessing the focal points of the town centre such as the main shopping areas?

Method Look, for example, at one-way systems, traffic calming, and pedestrianisation.

Starting points for information

  • Bus operators

Note (Worksheets EN1 Q9; EC7 Q7,16 S7 Q2 also refer to transport access)

West Malling
  • Access difficulties in narrow part of Swan Street
  • Closure of High Street for monthly Farmer’s Market restricts bus access

Q7. Do traffic conditions and/or traffic management measures in the town mean that buses experience delays or unreliability?

Starting points for information

  • Canvas the opinions of local bus operators
  • Survey users

Note (Worksheets EN1 Q9; EC7 Q7,15; S3 Q1,4 also refer to public transport)

MAP Area
  • Peak time congestion can delay buses
  • Yes – During “School Run” hours particularly, badly/illegally parked vehicles prevent passage of buses and other vehicles at times

Q8. What makes public transport a less attractive option?

Method Consider, for example, the walking distance from bus stops to the main shopping areas, the length of journey due to indirect routes and/or congestion, and quality of the vehicles.

Starting points for Information

  • the opinions of local bus operators
  • Survey users

Note (Worksheets EN1 Q9; EC7 Q7,15; S3 Q1,4 also refer to public transport)

MAP Area

The lack of awareness of bus services and reliability problems when there is congestion means that using a car seems to be the easiest option



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