If car parking and traffic generation were to increase by the same 40% as total floorspace, congestion would reach unacceptable levels. Therefore, in line with national and local policy, it is proposed to limit the increase in car parking to 9% and to set a target for limiting traffic generation to 12% above existing levels.
This will be achieved through a Travel Plan to support more sustainable travel choices, together with a framework for monitoring and overseeing implementation through a Transport Sub-Group comprising the local authorities, the Highways Agency and University.
Planning obligations (through a Section 106 Agreement) will set out the highway infrastructure to be provided as part of the development.
Key infrastructure improvements are likely to include:
- Cycle and pedestrian network improvements with more cycle parking, 3 signal controlled crossings of Gibbet Hill Road and modification of its layout through Central Campus to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety
- A public transport link from Lynchgate Road for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit from Cannon Park Shopping Centre, with a dedicated route through campus
- High quality bus shelters and stops in Central Campus with real time information, including SMS alerts to mobile phones, and improvements to bus services to the University (including the possible extension of the Coventry South Park & Ride service)
- Closing the Library Road/Gibbet Hill Road junction to vehicles other than buses, cycles and pedestrians, to create a pedestrian friendly environment along Library Road
- A new roundabout at the junction of University Road (South) and Gibbet Hill Road
- Improvements to the Gibbet Hill site access
- Improvements to the Gibbet Hill Road/Kenilworth Road junction
- Support for the National Cycle Network route being developed by Sustrans, from Kenilworth to Coventry via the University.
A car park management strategy will also be introduced.
These measures, if successful, will reduce the impact of the development on critical parts of the highway network, such as Gibbet Hill Road/Kenilworth Road, and the road through the middle of campus will be safer whilst still catering for University and other traffic.
The approach taken is an exemplar for sustainable development and requires a major commitment from the University, which will compliment its aim to reduce its carbon footprint.