L and Q Estates appointed TPHS to prepare and seek approval from Essex County Council for a comprehensive series of local cycle infrastructure improvements linking the Straits Mill development to Braintree Town Centre.
TPHS initially undertook a detailed site visit and commissioned traffic, pedestrian and cycle surveys to ascertain the current route and characteristics. From analysis of the results and observations on site a series of options and constraints plans were prepared to consider the most suitable and appropriate forms of improvements and their costs on the route.
The route considered improvements through Blackwater Park and also at two road crossing points, where a Toucan crossing was put forward at one and full signalisation at the other. Stage 1/2 Road Safety Audits were also commissioned for the designs, which were presented as detailed outline plans.
The scheme principles were approved by ECC and the designs are now being taken forward for implementation.