The project is currently at Phase 2 Option Selection. The purpose of this phase is to examine feasible alternatives and options to address the transport problems identified during Phase 1 and to carry out a systematic assessment of these with a view to selecting a preferred transport solution which will form the basis for the detailed design. To date, the study area has been identified and the key constraints were displayed as part of Public Consultation No. 1. A link to the consultation material is available here.
Following the conclusion of Public Consultation No. 1 on constraints, the design team identified feasible Alternatives (i.e. active travel, improved public transport and demand management measures) and Option Corridors (i.e. road based options). These feasible Alternatives and Options Corridors were displayed as part of Public Consultation No. 2. A link to the consultation material is available here.
The purpose of this non-statutory consultation was to inform the public and stakeholders of the results of the comprehensive constraints study and the various transport solutions under consideration and the programme for advancement of the project. Public consultation forms an important part of advancing the design process towards the selection of a preferred transport solution and allows the involvement of the public in this process.
The next step in the Option Selection process will be the assessment of feedback and submissions received by the Project Team and undertaking the Stage 2 assessment of the Option Selection process using a multicriteria analysis under the headings of Safety, Economy, Environment, Accessibility and Social Inclusion, Integration and Physical Activity. This is to determine the best performing Alternative or Option or combination of Alternative(s) and/or Options to be taken forward as the Preferred Transport Solution. It is envisaged that a public display of the Preferred Solution will take place in Q1 2022.