Following on from the January 2014 consultation, Wolverhampton Council are asking for views on the detailed wording and proposals in the Draft Plan. Our views will influence preparation of the final Plan which works towards a 2026 vision.
Relevant Downloads :
Transport Evidence City Centre ( 2011, 30.3 MB).
Transport Evidence General ( 2011, 4 MB ).
Consultation Feedback Form ( .doc )
Retail Study Update Study Dec 2014 ( 9.5 MB , not 100% relevant to transport however good background )
Policy CC6 Transport :
(a) Public Transport: Support Interchange Phase Two to deliver: a new railway station; an extension to the Metro to serve the bus and railway stations, including a refurbished multi-storey car park; additional commercial floor space including office, hotel and retail provision; and a potential future extension of either the Metro or other new rapid transit public transport infrastructure towards Walsall, serving New Cross Hospital and Wednesfield.
Work with Centro and bus operators to ensure that bus flows are fully considered in development proposals.
(b) Walking and cycling: Improve linkages across the ring road from surrounding areas to the city centre and reduce the perception of physical barriers to access. Give greater priority to pedestrians and cyclists in the design of public realm schemes and new developments; provide enhanced signage, journey information, lighting and security, and support the provision of new linkages particularly to key regeneration initiatives and public transport facilities. Maximise the potential of the canal network to provide safe and convenient walking and cycling routes.
(c) Highway capacity: The junctions identified on Figures 5 and 6 have been identified for improvement and any schemes evaluated to address junction capacity, public transport requirements, the needs of pedestrians and cyclists and road safety.
(d) Parking: Ensure the provision of an appropriate quantity, quality and type of convenient, well-signed and secure public parking facilities, including high density short stay parking within the ring road to support the vitality and viability of the city centre. This will be achieved by:
i. Ensuring parking provision for new developments is in accordance with the standards set out in relevant Local Plan documents and technical guidance, including provision of disabled, motorcycle and cycle parking and recharging facilities for low emission vehicles
ii. The delivery of additional multi-storey car park capacity in the Westside and Interchange character areas
iii. A phased approach to the development of existing car parks as identified in the relevant proposals for each character area.
3.1.35 In order to achieve the ambitious regeneration goals for Wolverhampton, an accessible city centre is essential. Safe, efficient and convenient movement by non-car users into and within the city centre and careful management of motor traffic are fundamental to supporting economic development, attracting investment, employers and employees. They are also critical to creating sustainable communities and the leisure economy.
3.1.36 Whilst the city centre already benefits from rail, Metro and bus networks and access by walking and cycling routes, a priority for achieving the transformation of the city centre is improving the functioning of, and linkages between, various transport modes and facilities.
3.1.37 Central to providing an integrated transport network is the multi modal transport Interchange project creating a transformed gateway to the city and a multi modal transport hub for visitors and residents. The new railway station will be a dramatic improvement for passengers who will find better facilities, substantially improved shopping and cafes, smoother movement between the concourse and platforms and a refurbished and expanded car park. This transport hub will be further enhanced with the metro line extension.
3.1.38 The city centre also links the other regeneration corridors (Stafford Road and Bilston Corridor) and needs to provide an integrated approach to public transport reflecting the priorities for these corridors, such as the rapid transit link from i54 to the city centre.
3.1.39 Wolverhampton’s ring road forms the main focus point for all the main routes entering Wolverhampton. The road is built close to the city centre and carries both through-traffic and local traffic and is crossed by a large volume of pedestrians walking into the city centre. A number of its junctions are now at capacity in the morning and evening peaks resulting in issues, both in relation to traffic congestion and in terms of the need to provide good quality, safe and attractive pedestrian and cycle crossing points. Pedestrians and cyclists need to be provided with a choice of attractive and convenient crossings over the ring road both ‘at-grade’ or through provision of subways and bridges.
3.1.40 The canal network, with towing paths also plays an important role in facilitating a more accessible city centre by providing a motor vehicle-free environment in which to travel, so widening travel choices for cycling and walking.
3.1.41 The AAP aims to make the city centre the hub of the cycle network, with cyclists passing through the city centre on cross-city journeys. There is currently a lack of a coherent network of safe and convenient cycle routes for those of all abilities into and across the city centre. The importance of cycling access through the city centre is recognised in the proposal, following consultation, to create a cycle contraflow lane as part of potential future improvements to Lichfield Street/ Queen Square.
3.1.42 Improving the public realm is a major component associated with enhancing accessibility and transforming the city centre and this is dealt with in Policy CC7. A main focus of the city centre public realm improvements is to enhance the sense of connection in the city centre by strong, well signposted desire lines for pedestrians and cyclists, including routes to the shops and visitor attractions from the bus and railway interchange, with high-quality public spaces between them and reduction of conflict with traffic in key areas. This includes enhancing the pedestrian environment at key locations such as Lichfield Street and Queen Square. They aim to increase pedestrian space and to provide additional event space and pleasant informal areas with trees and planting that can accommodate street cafes and seating.
3.1.43 In order to achieve the development outputs identified in the AAP the development of some public car parks is essential. Developing surface level car parks will create jobs, homes and diversify the retail and leisure offer in the city centre and enhance the built environment.
3.1.44 However, the provision of high quality, convenient and secure car parks is important in order to support the vitality and viability of the city centre. Whilst currently the city centre has broadly the right quantity and balance of car parking spaces, the location, type, accessibility, signage and quality of parking spaces need to be improved, linked to future regeneration projects.
3.1.45 Therefore, current levels of car parking should be maintained, with a focus on short stay parking within the ring road, comprising accessible, well-signed, higher density and better quality parking befitting of a city centre. A Car Parking Strategy is in the process of being commissioned which will also inform parking delivery mechanisms.
3.1.46 A balance needs to be struck between retaining parking within the ring road whilst also providing development sites to enable housing, offices and leisure uses in the city centre. The AAP seeks to achieve this balance by taking a flexible approach to the parking standards for new developments whilst seeking to ensure no overall net loss of parking spaces by 2026, reflecting the highly accessible nature of the city centre and aims to encourage a shift to more sustainable modes of transport.
3.1.47 The AAP identifies two character areas (Westside and the City Interchange & Commercial Gateway) suitable for two new multi storey car parks capable of off-setting the loss of existing sites .A phased approach will be taken to the release of car parks in order to achieve no net loss in parking spaces by 2026.
Previous Consultation Responses
- There should be more and cheaper/free parking
- The quality of car parks need to be improved rather than making them cheaper or free
- Need to improve bus routes, not enough stop at the bus station
- Need to reflect links to other key regeneration corridors and the wider city
- Bus services need improving across the city not just the city centre
|T1||Chapel Ash Island||Junction examined to identify opportunities for enhanced pedestrian and cycling facilities|
|T2||Stafford Street Crossing||Junctions examined to identify need and opportunity for capacity enhancement, pedestrian / cycle facilities, public transport and safety improvements|
|T3||Waterloo Road||Junction examined to identify need and opportunity for enhanced pedestrian and cycle facilities|
|T4||Ring Road St Mark’s||Explore opportunities for enhanced pedestrian and cycling crossing point including improved access within the ring road|
|T5||Ring Road St Peter’s||Explore opportunities for enhanced pedestrian and cycling crossing point with links to public realm improvements as part of University Quarter|
|T6||Ring Road St John’s||New pedestrian crossing point as part of ring road capacity improvements|
|T7||Wednesfield Road||Improved accessibility for cyclists|
|T8||Lower Horseley Fields||Cycling and bus priority schemes. Enhanced access to the canal towpath.|
|T9||Cannock Road/Stafford Street Junction||Gyratory option proposed as part of development proposal at Peel site|
|T10||Penn Road/Oaklands Road Junction||Explore junction improvements|
|T11||City Centre Public Realm and Transport Improvements||Various highway and public realm changes (see Part C for details)|
|T12||Interchange||New railway station with new access from Corn Hill. Enhanced canal frontage for pedestrians and cyclists. Metro extension. Enhanced pedestrian links to city centre.|
|T13||Ring Road St George’s||Enhanced links for pedestrians and cyclists over the ring road and into the city centre|
|T14||Ring Road Cycling||Enhanced cycle provision alongside full extent of ring road.|
|T15||Canalside Quarter||Improve canal towpath conditions and create bridge linking Union Mill Street to Crane Foundry site.|
|T16||Rapid Transit Public Transport to Wednesfield||Potential future extension of either the Metro or other new rapid transit public transport infrastructure towards Walsall, serving New Cross Hospital and Wednesfield|
Shopping Core Transport Proposals
|CC6||Market Street, Garrick Street and Princess Street||By 2016||Package of measures to improve circulation and enhanced pedestrian environment|
|CC6||Queen Street / Victoria Street||By 2026||Investigate opportunities to reduce conflict between pedestrians and other transport modes.|
|CC6||Southside including Cleveland Street, Bell Street and Victoria Street||By 2026||Investigate opportunities to enhance circulation and accessibility to serve new development, and to reduce conflict between pedestrians and other transport modes.|
Westside Transport Proposals
|CC6||Chapel Ash Island||By 2026||Enhance pedestrian and cycle linkages to West Park and Chapel Ash|
|CC6||Ring Road St Mark’s||By 2026||Enhance pedestrian and cycle links to Sainsbury superstore and Chapel Ash|
City Interchange & Commercial Gateway Environment and Design Proposals
|CC8||Broad Street Wharf / Canal
Tunnel Broad Street to Corn
|New / improved linkage||Lighting and towpath improvements to increase safety|
|CC8||Station Approach / Birmingham Canal Gateway||Key Gateway Corridor||High quality design required along rail and canal corridor|
|CC8||Interchange||Public realm improvement||Creation of public squares and spaces to form setting for high quality commercial development and new railway station|
City Interchange & Commercial Gateway Transport Proposals
|CC6||Interchange – Railway Station||By 2026||New railway station designed to improve passenger experience and present an improved commercial offering.|
|CC6||Interchange - Metro Extension||By 2026||Extension of existing Metro route from St George’s terminus to Interchange.|
|CC6||Interchange – Linkages||By 2026||Strengthen pedestrian / cycle routes between interchange and Core Shopping area with focus on Railway Drive, Pipers Row, Queen Street and Lichfield Street.|
Canalside Quarter Transport Proposals
|CC6||Lower Horseley Fields / Lower Walsall Street||2021-26||Increase car / bus / cycle capacity and improve access to development sites|
|CC6||Cannock Road / Stafford Street||By 2021||Junction improvements to support development at Peel Centre Retail Park (4b), including provision for cyclists|
|CC6||Canal bridge linking Union Mill Street to Crane Foundry||By 2021||To open up access to Crane Foundry site (4l)|
|CC6||Potential future extension of either Metro or other new rapid transit public transport infrastructure towards Walsall, serving New Cross Hospital and Wednesfield.||2021-26||To be considered following ongoing technical work.|
Chapel Ash & West Park Transport Proposals
|CC6||Chapel Ash Island||By 2026||Determine the need and opportunity for capacity enhancement, pedestrian / cycle facilities, public transport and safety improvements.|
|CC6||Waterloo Road||By 2026||Enhance pedestrian linkages at key entrance to city centre core area and important link from West Park|
|CC6||Ring Road St Mark’s||By 2021||Enhance pedestrian and cycle links between Sainsbury’s superstore and Westside Character area.|
University Transport Proposals
|CC6||Ring Road St Peter’s Subway||By 2021||Improvements to subway linked to creation of public square in Molineux Quarter|
University Quarter Environment and Design Proposals
|CC8||Ring Road St Peter’s Subway||New / Improved Linkage||Improvements to subway linked to creation of public square in Molineux Quarter|
|CC8||University Public Realm enhancements||Public Realm Improvement||To include new street trees, road resurfacing, widening of pavements, and introduction of cycle paths encouraged as part of redevelopment schemes. Creation of a University Square. Environmental and pedestrian enhancements at Camp Street. Enhanced frontage of Development Opportunity 6a onto North Road. Enhanced frontage of University Building at corner of the Ring Road and Deanery Place|
Molineux Quarter Environment and Design Proposals
|CC8||Molineux public square||Public realm improvement||Creation of a high quality public square and gardens for students, football supporters, and members of the pubic to enjoy, acting as the main pedestrian gateway into the Molineux and University Quarters. TPO trees to be protected and retained on site.|
|CC8||Molineux Public Realm
|Public realm improvement||To include new street trees, road resurfacing, widening of pavements, and introduction of cycle routes encouraged as part of redevelopment schemes.|
St Peter’s Cultural Quarter Transport Proposals
|CC6||Waterloo Road||Enhance pedestrian and cycle linkages to West Park and Chapel Ash|
|CC6||Queen Street||By 2016||Package of measures to improve circulation and enhanced pedestrian environment.|
St John’s & St George’s Transport Proposals
|CC6||St John’s and St George’s - Ring Road – Blakenhall / Graiseley||By 2026||Improve pedestrian access across the Ring Road to the Blakenhall and Graiseley Character Area|
|CC6||St George’s Parade - Ring Road - Cleveland Road||By 2026||Any new development at St George’s Parade site should seek to enhance linkages from St George’s Parade across the Ring Road to Cleveland Road. To include improvements to St George’s pedestrian crossing to be delivered through the Royal Hospital development (12a).|
Blakenhall & Graiseley Transport Proposals
|CC6||St John’s and St George’s – Ring Road – Blakenhall / Graiseley||By 2026||Improve pedestrian access across the Ring Road to St John’s & St George’s Character Areas|
|CC6||Penn Road / Oaklands Road Junction||Explore junction improvements|
All Saints Transport Proposals
|CC6||St George’s Parade - Ring Road - Cleveland Road||Up to 2026||To include improvements to St George’s pedestrian crossing|