Following the appointment of our chosen consultants, PJA Ltd., an inception meeting and site visit attended by the project manager, Matt McFeat, took place in mid-July. This provided an opportunity to meet the members of the working group. At the meeting we confirmed the programme and methodology including the plan for engagement and consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community.
The site visit was undertaken by bike and on foot, and members of the working group joined in to provide local insight and an update on the progress made to date with regards to route choice and land owner discussions.
Following this visit, the technical work within stage 1 will consider no more than 4 potential route options between Curry Rivel and Langport/Huish Episcopi. The next stage will involve Site Surveys, information collection and review and digital OS mapping.
Data collection – existing data will be used to provide information which will be needed to develop the proposals and to provide evidence which would strengthen an eventual funding bid. The data would include: traffic flows; vehicle speeds; highway safety; highway extents; land ownership, utility surveys; TROs, school census/catchment information. Much of this information will rest with the County or District Council.
Additional site visits will be undertaken as necessary to photograph, measure and document elements of the routes.
PJA will also undertake a desktop review of the available data and consider national and local planning policies.
Plans will be produced setting out potential opportunities to improve pedestrian and cyclist amenity within the village, including the identification of measures to reduce the severance caused by the A378.
There are three further key stages to the project and I will report progress on these in future editions of CRN and on the community website