M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 13 April 2020
From BWB Consulting Ltd on behalf of M6 Diesel Services

Representation

BWB Consulting Ltd are acting on behalf of M6 Diesel who operate the HGV filling station at Saredon on the A460, around ½ mile from M6 Junction 11. We have had some dialogue with Highways England (HE) prior to them making the DCO application, but we still have various key concerns unanswered. These concerns are: 1) Have HE allowed for traffic between the Saredon filling station and M6 Junction 11 and does their design of J11 have sufficient capacity for this (in particular the current A460 south arm) 2) Potential traffic regulations on the current A460 3) Signage at M6 J11 and M54 J1 Traffic A significant proportion are HGVs using the Saredon filling station are vehicles using the M6 and leave at J11 to use the site and then return to J11 and we are concerned that the revised J11, in particularly the existing A460 south arm, may have insufficient capacity. We met HE in August 2019 following which we agreed to obtain our own traffic data as there was no readily available data for the M6 Diesel site and HE had not undertaken their own survey. This was subsequently carried out at our expense and sent to HE in October 2019. HE had agreed when we met them that they would then review their traffic modelling to see if they have included for the correct level of traffic flow between the Saredon filling station and M6 J11. We are still waiting for HE to undertake this check and we have asked HE to confirm the following: • What traffic flows were assumed in the model between the M6 Diesel site and J11 • How this compares to the survey data which we sent in October • If there is a difference and our survey data is greater than what HE have modelled, we are seeking assurance that M6 J11 and in particular the A460 south arm, will have sufficient capacity based on the adjusted / corrected data. We will provide our traffic survey data with our Written Representation in due course. Traffic regulation on the A460 We are concerned that the powers sought in Article 16 are far reaching and whilst we could understand the need for these (which only apply to non-trunk roads) during construction of the link road, or indeed its maintenance, the powers could be used to introduce restrictions on the current A460 past our site that could be of significant detriment to our business (for example restrictions on HGVs). In our view, if permanent traffic regulation measures are required to mitigate the impact of the link road, then these should be identified early, consulted on, and express provisions made within the DCO. This would mean that they can be considered during the Examination process and not left to be dealt with afterwards via a process that on the face of it would offer less protection than should such regulations be proposed using standard traffic order processes. Signage Whilst we understand and support the wider objectives of the HE scheme, we clearly do not want to be at a commercial disadvantage as a result. Hence we request that signage from the roundabouts at both M6 J11 and M54 J1 to the Saredon filling station is provided. We appreciate that the facility is not a motorway truckstop or motorway service area and hence could not be signed from the mainline of either motorway, hence our request is for signage from the two junctions.