However, unless the traffic modelling demonstrates that the likely transfer of HGVs to this corridor is significant, a detailed environmental audit of this route is not justified. Key data sets relating to each of the subheadings will be identified, however the study will use predominantly existing environmental information from previous studies conducted in the study area. Specifically these will include those listed in the Consultants Brief and relating to A46/A36 Bath to M27 (Southampton) route.
It is expected these proposals for data collection will enable the environmental team to familiarise themselves with the area and provide the basis for the determination of environmental opportunities and constraints. Once the review process is complete, a gap analysis will be undertaken. This will identify where additional information is required from third parties and where existing information is contradictory or out of date. Detailed data gaps will be identified to the Steering Group.
This information may be supplemented with site visits where it is considered appropriate. In the event that significant further primary data collection is considered necessary. recommendations will be made to the Steering Group and any further costs likely to be incurred will be agreed prior to any work being carried out. The scope and budget for any additional environmental information which may be required to assess any potential new alignments proposals brought to light as a result of this study will be agreed with the Steering Group prior to any additional environmental assessment work being carried out.
Many of the County Councils and Unitary Authorities sponsoring the study are well known for their innovative and committed approaches to consultation and not surprisingly a great deal of activity has taken and is taking place. There is no point in asking people the same questions again. This will annoy people and lead to consultation fatigue. Although the Local Transport Plans are a key source, not all relevant consultation is specifically related to transport. However, given the enabling role of transport in accessing other activities such as health, Google Local Marketing Services employment or education, all consultation outputs are of potential relevance.
We therefore propose to work with the local Councils and other groups to identify prior consultation results, which we can use to identify problems already recorded and thus focus the early discussions on issues which are not fully understood or neglected to date. For this reason GOD are progressing a before and after study to monitoring traffic conditions before, during and after the closure to determine the effects on traffic patterns.