Penarth Heights: Highways and Sustainable Transport
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has received a significant financial contribution (£1.4million) from the developers of Penarth Heights for Sustainable Transport improvements in the vicinity of the site.
The financial contribution was secured via a Section 106 Agreement which requires the contribution to be spent at follows: “means information, facilities or infrastructure which provides or improves access for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, taxis or car sharers in the vicinity of the site [Penarth Heights].”
To date, the Council has used this contribution to implement a number of schemes, including:
- zebra crossings on Plassey Street;
- the lighting scheme at the zig-zag path;
- the woodland footpath and steps from Paget Road to Penarth Marina; and
- cycle parking for key destinations in Penarth; and
- the 95A bus service.
There is circa £1.1million remaining, with a contribution of £160k to undertake highway improvements. The Council has therefore been considering a number of options for improvements to the Windsor Road/ Plassey Street Roundabout and enhancing the layout and materials used in this area to create an attractive 'Gateway' to Penarth Town Centre.
A number of options have been considered for this junction to improve pedestrian and cyclist movements between Plassey Street, Penarth Town Centre and Cogan and to create an attractive 'Gateway' entrance to the Town, with improved access for pedestrians and cyclists.
Please note that these options are in draft format and therefore materials and landscaping have not been included within the designs. Further detailed designs would be undertaken once a preferred option has been identified. In addition to traffic modelling, an independent road safety audit would need to be carried out for any preferred option to be progressed.
Option 1: Re-aligned roundabout junction
This option would retain a roundabout junction. The roundabout central island would be enlarged to reduce the speed of vehicles going through the junction. There would be controlled Toucan Crossings on Windsor Road and Plassey Street to allow for safer movements around this area for pedestrians and cyclists. Please note this option would require a small amount of land from The Dingle park to allow for the enlarged roundabout, resulting in the removal of some trees from this area.
Option 2: One Way System - Plassey Street
This option proposes to remove the roundabout and introduce a three way signalised junction with toucan crossings.
Option 3: a give-way junction
This option proposes to remove the roundabout. The primary route would be Windsor Road, and there would be a new T-junction introduced to connect Windsor Road with Plassey Street. The T-junction would not be signalised. There would be an uncontrolled(or Toucan?) crossing on Plassey Street and an uncontrolled (or Toucan?) crossing on Windsor Road for pedestrians. There would be significant build outs, which could allow for street furniture and planting. Parking bays would be available to the south of Hill Terrace.
Option 4: complete one way system
This option would see a complete one way system in place on Windsor Road from the junction with High Street, travelling north towards Cogan, and travelling south from Cogan along Plassey Street up to the junction with High Street. There would be a right turn lane allowing vehicles travelling from Penarth Town Centre on Windsor Road, to turn right in to Plassey Street. All movements would resume to two way at the junction of High Street heading south towards the town centre.
This option would significantly improve movement for pedestrians and cyclists in this area with the introduction of new traffic signalled controlled pedestrian / cyclist crossings at the junctions of Windsor Road/Plassey Street, High Street/Plassey Street and High Street/Windsor Road. There would also be improved segregated cycle lane facilities on both Windsor Road and Plassey Street.
Parking bays would be provided to the south of Hill Terrace.
Have your say
The Council would like to hear your views regarding each of these proposals and receive any other suggestions that could assist in meeting the objectives stated above.
You can respond to this consultation by:
- completing the online survey
- emailing any comments to the s106 officer
- attending a drop-in session
- Tuesday 5 June, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Belle Vue Pavillion
- Tuesday 12 June, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Belle Vue Pavillion
Charlotte Pugh, Senior Planner responsible for S106 schemes.