Centre Park Link is currently under construction and due to be completed in December 2020. During the public consultation for Centre Park Link, concerns had been raised by residents local to Gainsborough Road about the impact of the new link road on traffic speeds, volumes and routing in this area.
As a result traffic surveys were carried out in November 2018 to assess current traffic conditions along Gainsborough Road.
Key findings from those recent surveys include:
- Recorded average traffic speeds were at 28mph
- The percentage of HGVs (over 7.5 tonnes) was 1% during the 12 hr survey (7.00 am-7.00 pm)
- 50% of traffic identified was through traffic (traffic directly travelling between Chester Road and Wilderspool Causeway)
There are three approaches for the timing of traffic calming measures along Gainsborough Road, which we'd like your feedback upon:
Option A: Initial Monitoring and Review
Initial Monitoring and Review to undertake further traffic surveys in 2021, 6 months after the opening of Centre Park Link to establish any change in vehicle speeds, volumes and distribution before the implementation of any traffic calming measures.
The advantage of this option is that it will allow officers to identify mitigating issues before implementation of any measures. A further public consultation would take place after the monitoring period on any proposed measures.
Option B: Implementation of traffic calming measures in advance of Centre Park Link opening permanently
Implement chicanes along Gainsborough Road permanently. Our plan shows indicative locations of chicanes and signage.