In the first instance the assessment required an understanding of existing operations and how this would change with the rail head in place, requiring close consultation with the client. To explain this ‘before’ and ‘after’ logistics flow diagrams were included in the Transport Statement that supported the planning application (see opposite).
From this it was established that although there would be an increase in container carrying HGV traffic to local distribution centres, the introduction of a rail head at Cannock would mean that containers would no longer have to be brought in by HGV from other Midlands rail terminals.
The distribution of additional HGV movements between the Cannock depot and local distribution centres was based on Pentalver delivery schedule data and Mayer Brown used GIS mapping to plot distribution centre locations and delivery frequencies. Using this information, a traffic assignment profile of the net change in HGV activity was established upon which Highways England were able to determine that the SRN could accommodate the development scheme.
In addition to a Transport Statement to support the planning application, Mayer Brown also prepared a Travel Plan and a Construction Vehicle Management Plan. The development was granted planning permission in March 2020.
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