More HGV flow - a barmy bypass to make it worse!

The forecasts were within Wiltshire (County) Council's data for the Westbury Bypass planning application.

You can see how adjacent community Southwick already suffers from over twice the HGV flow of Westbury.

An Eastern bypass meant more HGVs through Southwick.   A Western route could give all-round relief.

-96% change forecast for Westbury's Station Road with an Eastern Bypass was actually to be fixed by putting restrictions on it. Which is disadvantageous for rail users and local companies.    Why didn't W(C)C show the same 96% reduction on Station Road for the Western route?  Because W(C)C did not like the way that overall HGV reductions by a western bypass look so superior...?

'Errors' with comparative HGV figures tripped-up Wiltshire (County) Council at the Public Planning Inquiry.

Read more of how an Eastern Westbury Bypass would have increased HGV flow elsewhere.

Southwick, North Bradley, Yarnbrook & West Ashton would have been worse-off with an eastern bypass.

There are about the same number of homes which would suffer badly from yet more HGVs passing by them in these other communities as there are homes in Westbury which could have benefited from a bypass.

Is this a fair comparison?   No.   These other communities already endure over twice the number of HGVs (typically about ten times the size of any car) going at about twice the speed of those through Westbury.

Other statistics by W(C)C show that the traffic through the centre of Westbury rose by only 1% each year between 2000 to 2005 and decreased by 2% in the last year of the counting period.   But who tells you?

Compare this with the increases forecast for the first year of the opening of an eastern Westbury bypass, for example 9% extra HGVs through Southwick and North Bradley, a big 42% increase of HGVs at Yarnbrook.

In the recent year in which traffic fell in Westbury, existing traffic through West Ashton and Yarnbrook rose. The existing traffic burden at Southwick, also with more than twice the HGVs of Westbury, has risen too.

Over 2000-2005, traffic increased by 8% at Southwick and by up to 24% at West Ashton (Stoney Gutter).

Table 3.3 gives a glimpse of how a Far Western Westbury Bypass could equitably benefit the whole area.

With an Eastern Westbury Bypass, nearby communities, with more traffic now, would have suffered more.

Wiltshire Council wanted to have enormous amounts of our public money wasted on a selfish road scheme which would have benefited the comparatively better off and worsened the lives of the already worse off.

The HGV flow forecasts were within the planning information for the eastern Westbury Bypass scheme.

Transport campaigners drew attention to the adverse effects elsewhere of the eastern bypass route.

The independent inspector took them into account when recommending against the dud scheme.


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