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. Since the conclusion of Public Consultation No. 1 on constraints, the design team have identified proposals for Alternatives (i.e. active travel, improved public transport, and demand management measures) and Option Corridors (i.e. road based options).
These Alternatives and Options were on public display as part of Public Consultation No. 2 which took place from the 25 June 2021 to the 6 August 2021.
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.