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Highways and Transportation

Highways and Transportation issues are at the heart of most major redevelopment and regeneration schemes.

For example, there may be a substantial need to improve public transport infrastructure and/or services to accommodate the trips generated by projects and/or to make a development sustainable in terms of accessibility and transport. Other schemes may necessitate improvements to highways or the provision of new bridges to 'stitch together' areas that have been severed by past transport infrastructure and enable development for coherent communities and well-connected urban areas.

Examples of such situations in the case studies are provided in the following case studies:

The London Olympic Bid Applications

Which involved a large number of new bridges to stitch together an area fragmented by rivers, canals and other transport routes; major transport improvements including the Stratford Regional Station and interconnections with Stratford International Station and Pudding Mill DLR station. There was also a strategic need to ensure that the Olympic development did not impede progress on the Crossrail project in this location. There were also major highway improvements and substantial enhancements to the footpath and cycle network.

Brent Cross and Cricklewood Regeneration

Includes a new mainline railway station and a new 'state of the art' bus station, six new bridges (including a major new bridge over the North Circular Road) and a substantial improvements to various junctions, including the southernmost junction of the M1 where it meets the North Circular Road and the A5. Provision is made for substantial public transport services as well as a substantially enhanced pedestrian and cycle network.

Saracens Copthall

One of the key challenges of this project was to overcome the poor accessibility of the location of the existing stadium.  The applicants turned disadvantage into a benefit of the scheme by committing to a radical Stadium Travel Plan which will achieve challenging mode split targets for both the 16 match days permitted at the improved stadium as well as for all other community activities at the stadium, including improved sustainability for existing activities already based there.

Quite apart from these examples of normal issues arising on major schemes, I have advised and acted in relation to the planning aspects of major transport infrastructure projects including:

  • Implementation of the East London Line Extension project and in relation to various amendments to that scheme after the Transport and Works Order was confirmed;
  • Capacity improvements to Highbury and Islington Station pursuant to the Section 106 Agreement for the Arsenal Stadium Scheme.
  • Development at Lewisham relating to facilities needed in connection with the DLR extension at Lewisham.

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