The Scoping Study, Transport Assessment
or Transport Statement

Pre Planning Application - Part Two

Major planning applications are required to be supported by both a Transport Assessment and a Travel Plan. Guidance on the production of both documents is provided by central government to ensure a consistent approach is made by both consultants producing the reports and Local Highway Authorities in the subsequent vetting process. (You may view the Department for Transport Document on Delivering Travel Plans through the Planning Process by clicking here).

The Scoping Study

Before commencing work on either document it is required that the scope of the studies are agreed with the vetting authority. This ensures that issues such as the physical extent of the affected network are identified, the traffic generation rates of the various land uses and their approximate distribution of traffic onto the network and the type of junction modelling required are agreed in principle. The Transport Scoping Study builds on the information collected during the feasibility stage where site visits to observe existing highway conditions, the recording of critical highway measurements and observations of existing traffic generations and flow patterns have been carried out.

Since the introduction of guidance in 2008 the assessment must provide generations of Person Trips by all forms of transport to and from the development. The nationally accepted TRICS database and prediction program is used to provide this information with selection parameters agreed with the Local Highway Authority during the scoping study. (Visit the TRICS website by clicking here)

The Transport Assessment/Statement

After agreement is reached on the scoping of the study with the Local Highway Authority work can commence on the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. In addition to trip prediction, distribution and modelling these detailed documents often require significant levels of research in relation to base information and its analysis. Issues investigated by the highways engineer include:

  • Road traffic accident data
  • Vehicle, pedestrian and parking surveys
  • Specific junction or highway link surveys
  • Public highway, Public Rights of Way, Traffic Regulation Orders and Highway Adoption Data
  • Utilities service information to inform access design options

A Transport Statement is a simplified Transport Assessment and is used in some cases where transport issues arising out of development proposals may not require a full Transport Assessment.

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Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Scoping Study, Highway ConditionsTRICS, Road Traffic Accident Data, Vehicle Surveys, Pedestrian Surveys, Parking Surveys, Public Highway, Public Rights of Way Highway Adoption Data, Access Design Options