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I found some more information on the Kirkby transport problems - http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/resources/22248...nsportoct07.pdf

 

 

3.64 In the case of a football stadium, there are likely to be significant differences between

any existing location and Kirkby. Any knowledge of the current spectator travel

behaviour, although interesting, is unlikely to accurately reflect future spectator travel

to Kirkby. Indeed the transport strategy for the stadium should be bespoke, highly

focused at sustainable modes of travel, flexible and enforceable, and not governed

unduly by historical travel behaviour.

 

3.65 Nonetheless, surveys of the existing travel behaviour of supporters would be useful.

This information would show the scale of any proposed changes in modal use and as

such act as a comparative for the bespoke transport strategy for Kirkby. It would also

provide an indication of the number of vehicles already on the trunk road network, and

therefore allow an estimate to be made as to the level of any “new” and “diverted”

vehicular trips.

 

3.66 The above information should be supplemented by data from other similar football

clubs (e.g. English Premiership), with comparable locations and transport links. The

travel characteristics of Reading FC supporters (Madjeski Stadium) and perhaps

Bolton FC (Reebok Stadium) may be appropriate and should be examined further. For

example, most trips made to the Madjeski Stadium are car based (71%) but bus trips

are also high (21%). Madjeski Stadium is currently applying for planning permission

to increase their capacity from 24,500 seats to 36,900 seats. The transport strategy for

 

3.83 The local train services must be considered with respect to frequency, journey times,

carriage capacity, and proposed and committed enhancements. It is likely that the

frequency and number of carriages will need to be increased albeit that such capacity

enhancements are limited by the availability of carriages and the single track. This will

need to be discussed with Mersey Rail and Northern Lines. A review will need to be

undertaken on the linkages to the site for people travelling on from the train station by

bus, taxis, walking and cycling

 

3.84 The local bus services will need to be considered in light of frequency, journey times,

capacity, and proposed and committed developments. Where necessary, additional

services will have to be provided and passenger facilities enhanced. In particular it

will be necessary to commission buses to transport spectators from surrounding areas

IPS Transport Report to a stadium. GIS should be utilised to assist in identifying the key origin locations.

 

3.91 For a stadium the impact of spectators, particularly at the end of an event, will require

reporting within the TA. Retaining visitors in a stadium after a match is an excellent

way of spreading the demand post match, and thus reducing the peak impact on all

transport networks. Exclusive post match interviews and reduced cost drink and food

specials are good examples of stadium retention measures and these and others may be

included in the Stadium Travel Plan. Crowd management measures may also reduce

the impact on the local transport networks and the initial proposals should be set out in

the Local Area Management Plan.

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