M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 15 May 2020
From i-Transport LLP on behalf of St Francis Group

Representation

These representations are prepared on behalf of St Francis Group (SFG) who has owns the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) at Featherstone in South Staffordshire. The ROF site is close to the scheme which is the subject of the proposed DCO. SFG is one of the UK’s leading regeneration specialists and is an expert in brownfield development; the Group’s development pipeline covers all market sectors but with a particular emphasis on commercial and residential brownfield opportunities. The ROF site is allocated in South Staffordshire Council’s 2018 Site Allocations Document as a key employment development that will deliver a significant level of jobs, in an employment cluster that includes the i54 site, of regional significance. SFG wishes to express overall support for the M54-M6 Improvement Scheme (the Scheme) which will increase the overall attractiveness of the ROF site by providing enhanced strategic access from the motorway network. However, SFG has concerns regarding two matters related to the detailed traffic modelling and forecasting that has been conducted to support the Scheme: 1. That the ROF allocated site has not been included in the Core Scenario used in the traffic forecasts of the Scheme. SFG considers it is vital that the traffic generated by the ROF site (and other strategic sites/allocations) is included in the design of the Scheme and the assessments of its effects on the wider highway network. SFG notes that the Transport Assessment Report submitted to the Examining Authority for the Scheme (TR010054 Volume 7 document 7.4 TAR) identifies the ROF site on its Figure 4.3 as ‘More Than Likely’ and that its following paragraph 4.3.13 notes “the development sites with the higher certainty levels of Near Certain (NC) and More Than Likely (MTL) were included in the Core scenario traffic Forecasts”. However, SFG now understands that this is not the case and is concerned regarding the implications of this, which are yet to be evaluated (as the position has only just been made clear). 2. It is not clear that the full impacts of the Scheme on changes in traffic flows resulting from it have been fully assessed and therefore whether its impacts have been appropriately mitigated. In particular, SFG has concerns regarding the potential impacts of the Scheme at Junction 2 of M54 and whether the Scheme itself results in the need for improvements in capacity. SFG wishes to work with the Scheme’s promoters, Highways England, to resolve these matters and is confident that they can be resolved in advance of the examination of the Scheme’s proposed DCO but wishes to register these representations such that SFG can be represented at the examination if this is necessary.