Questions and Answers
Traffic Control Issues
What vehicle movements are expected during construction?
Average 2 vehicles per hour anticipated at peak.
What roads will construction traffic use to reach the site?
Routes to and from The Chesterfield site to be reviewed with Bristol City Council following the Public meeting in December 2011. These will be agreed with Bristol City Council Highways Department.
Vehicle holding areas will be at Gordano and Portbury docks.
What are the proposed parking restrictions around the site?
- Clear zone of 200m. Policed regularly
- Avoidance of specific roads to be agreed
- Encourage use of local bus
- Drop off of tools at site only
- Regular visual check for vans, etc
- Space at St. Mary’s Hospital to be made available for vans and minibuses
Can VINCI Construction UK share it’s traffic counting information analysis which will have been carried out in planning vehicle schedules? The planning conditions state that deliveries will be avoided during peak times in Clifton. This was not discussed at the CEMP. Will VINCI Construction UK be complying with this statement? If this is the case, has Vinci’s survey identified peak traffic times?
The graph shown on 12/12/11 is a calculation based on the predicted deliveries required to build the project against the programme. The delivery booking in procedure will ensure that deliveries are spread throughout the day, and will, where practical, avoid normal peak traffic times.
The traffic analysis as conducted in forming the Travel Plan has been reviewed and will be taken into consideration in planning delivery times to the site.
Why does parking on Clifton Hill need to be suspended if the main entrance to the site is via the lower garden car park?
The parking around the entrances to the site restricts visibility on exit, which is a safety issue. Suspending parking on Clifton Hill will help to remove obstacles that could restrict the flow of vehicles and lead to congestion. There will be some deliveries to the Villa in the course of the refurbishment and the turning circles of vehicles leaving the upper car park have also been taken into consideration. Parking restrictions only apply during site working hours.
VINCI Construction UK mentioned that there would be no limitations on the size of the truck servicing the site – surely this is not correct, and does not reflect the restrictions of your site and the streets of Clifton? Will VINCI Construction UK be re-visiting this assumption?
It is likely that the largest truck visiting the site will be an articulated lorry. A similar sized lorry accessed the site to provide mobile MRI scanning when the hospital was operational. If there is a requirement for longer or larger vehicles, VINCI Construction UK will review each specific case before the delivery to ensure that its impact is mitigated.
How will Nuffield Health meet the legal condition of keeping 24/7 access to the private lane besides Prospect House? How will Nuffield Health actually service their new Hospital if lorries are not allowed to unload from the private lane (not owned by Nuffield Health)?
There are several parties who share a right of access along the shared accessway, including Nuffield Health. It is encumbent upon all parties who have a right to utilise the access to ensure that they do not restrict the right of access of the other parties. Nuffield Health is aware of its obligations in this regard.
All our supply partners will be made aware of the restrictions in this regard through their supply contracts and by relevant signage.
Will Nuffield Health be applying to apply yellow lines and suspend these same parking bays in front of the Villa, as VINCI Construction UK, on a permanent basis?
Nuffield Health is considering the suggestions made at the consultation regarding permanent suspension of parking. It is ultimately for Bristol City Council to decide whether it will impose any restriction.
VINCI Construction UK say that they are considering restricting certain local streets for parking to their site operatives - will Nuffield Health be considering this policy for its employees once the hospital is completed?