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Summary
  • A48 Culverhouse Cross to Bridgend via Cowbridge identified for 'bus priority measures'
  • Upgrades of the bus stops along the A48 are already taking place
  • A48 Culverhouse Cross to Bridgend identified as a strategic route necessary for the development of the of the key national cycle network - safe cycling route to be provided to St Nicholas School*
  • Local schools have no spare capacity, so children will have to be bused or driven to where there are places
  • No plans for walking or cycling provision along Five-Mile Lane to Amelia Trust Farm, Welsh Hawking Centre or Barry.  From Barry, no walking or cycling provision to Dyffryn House and Gardens, 
    Amelia Trust Farm, Welsh Hawking Centre
  • There is no mention of widening the footways within St Nicholas along the A48 - although the lack of width is noted in documents related to the Conservation Area
  • Chapel Lane used to be the vital footway of the St Nicholas, linking it to the mill, Baptist Chapel, Peterston-Super-Ely and Llandaff Cathedral.  Today, children travel to school between the villages but the LDP Deposit over looks the opportunities.
  • There are no plans to provide extra bus routes for the many journeys people make that the X2 does not cater for
  • The existing bus stops are more than the desirable 200m from the location of the proposed new dwellings. However, the dwellings would be just within the acceptable 400m.  Should a new bus stop be provided to the east of the village to achieve the desired 200m?
* Funding coming from housing developers.
 




Site  location  &  Accessibility  –  National  Planning  Guidance  highlights  the importance for new developments to have access to a range of services, facilities and  opportunities,  and  can  in  turn  be  accessed  by  existing  communities. 

Consequently,  the  relative  distance  to  existing  facilities,  public  transport, including  the  level  and  frequency  of  public  transport  provision  will  be  a  key determinant. For housing proposals only, the assessment will firstly examine the location of the site proposal in terms of whether it is located within, adjacent to or outside a settlement, and secondly the ease of pedestrian and cyclist access to key services such as primary schools, doctor’s surgeries and local shops.  
 
The Institute of Highways and Transportation Guidelines for Providing Journeys on  Foot  (2000)  suggests  that  in  terms  of  commuting,  schools  and  recreational journeys, walking distances of up to 2000m can be considered, with the desirable and acceptable distances being 500m and 1000m. Consequently, the Council will assess the accessibility of sites against the below criteria.  



MG 2 (43) would result in the new dwellings being between 200m and 400 m from the existing bus stops. Should a new bus stop be provided to the east of the village to achieve the desired 200m?  This may increase journey times of the X2.


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Bus Stops

The designations of local bus stops are as follows:
  • Sycamore Cross (eastbound) - GOLD
  • Cottrell Park -BRONZE
  • Trehill - BRONZE
  • St Nicholas - GOLD
  • Dyffryn Springs (by the lane to st. Georges) - BRONZE
  • The Downs (eastbound) - GOLD
  • The Downs (westbound) - BRONZE

These standards are described as:


GOLD STANDARD: 
 
Clear Channel type/supplied shelter (4 sided accessible to wheelchairs) with:  
        (a) integral timetable case,  
        (b) perch seating 
        (c) lighting  
        (d) electric supply/ducting for future RTI display  
        (e) Bus stop flag and its attachment pole/bracket; 
 
Hard standing area with raised Kerb platform with transition kerbs both sides and any other normally required pavement edges (average suitable sizes ; please advise);  
 
 Drop Kerb access on both sides of road;    Bus stop protective road markings (inc. legal costs);    Refuse Bin 
 
  Current costs:  
  Civils Works – £5950 
  Bus Shelter and ancillaries  - £5100  
  Electrical Works - £1200 (assumed power connection point 20 metres) 
  Western Power Connection - £800 (provisional sum) 
 
  Total = £13,050 per bus stop 


SILVER STANDARD: 
   
Bus Shelters Wales Transit type/supplied shelter (4 sided accessible to wheelchairs) with:  
        (a) integral timetable case,  
        (b) perch seating 
        (c) lighting  
        (d) electric supply/ducting for future RTI display  
        (e) Bus stop flag and its attachment pole/bracket; 
 
Hard standing area with raised Kerb platform with transition kerbs both sides and any other normally required pavement edges (average suitable sizes  ; please advise);  
  Drop Kerb access on both sides of road;    Bus stop protective road markings (inc. legal costs);     Refuse Bin 
 
  Current costs: 
  Civils Works inc bus markings – £5950 
  Bus Shelter and ancillaries - £4600  
  Electrical Works - £1200 (assumed power connection point 20 metres) 
  Western Power Connection - £800 (provisional sum) 
  
  Total per bus stop = £12,550 
 
 
BRONZE STANDARD: 
 
Bus stop flag pole;  
Bissell style timetable case;  
Bus stop flag;  
   
Hard standing area with raised Kerb platform with transition kerbs both sides and any other normally required pavement edges   
Drop Kerb access on both sides of road;    Bus stop protective road markings (inc. legal costs);    Refuse Bin 
 
  Current cost: 
  Civils Works – £5950 
  Bus Shelter and ancillaries  - £4100  
 
  Total = £10,050 per bus stop 


Bus reliability

The A48 Culverhouse Cross to Bridgend via Cowbridge Corridor, highlights bus related timing problems at High Street Cowbridge, but there are very few improvements in Cowbridge that can be achieved through the shopping centre. Culverhouse Cross is seen as an obstacle for buses due to its capacity levels, and the feasibility of bus priority needs to be considered at this location to tackle this issue.


Funding

Money from the ITV site at Wenvoe is identified to contribute towards the 'cycle route on the A48'

Money from the Land to the East of St. Nicholas has been identified to contribute towards:
  • Upgrade bus stops where required. 
  • Off-road w/c route on A48 - shared walking and cycling path.  
  • Contribution to bus services. 
  • Contribution to school buses to Cowbridge Comprehensive and Bro Morgannwg and Iolo, Bishop of Llandaff and St. Richard Gwyn. 
  • Cycle facilities at St. Nicholas school. 
  • Safe w/c access to St. Nicholas school. 
  • Safe w/c access to play areas. 

Money from the Land to the East of Bonvilston
  • Cycle storage at St. Nicholas school. 
  • Safe walking/cycling access to St. Nicholas school.

School Transport



Bicycle route along the A48 is missing from the Cycle Route Provision Map...

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