November 2008

Preferred Corridor

In the spring of 2008, Roads Service held a series of Public Information events to advise interested parties of the scheme study area and to take their views. Since then our consultants, Mouchel, have been talking to specialist groups and landowners and visiting the area to collect data. This has allowed them to identify primary constraints and to assess the impacts of a wide range of environmental factors such as ecology, land use, archaeology, geology and drainage. Extensive traffic surveys have also been carried out along the route to improve the understanding of traffic volumes and patterns.

Several corridor alignments were offered for consideration using topography as the initial constraint. Some alignments were discounted at the outset because of the significant environmental impacts. The remaining alternatives were evaluated against a rigorous assessment process until a Preferred Corridor was identified. This work has resulted in The Preferred Corridor - in effect a reduced study area shown on the map available