The 4 proposed northern routes have been designed as a single carriageway with a design speed of 100kph
(60mph). Road lighting will be provided only at and on approach to junctions.
We are proposing that there should be junctions between the bypass and the existing A422 east and west of the village. This will provide good access for traffic that needs to be in the village, particularly the bus route, while encouraging through traffic on to the bypass. A free-flowing route with minimal junctions and limited direct access will improve comfort, which will result in reduced journey times and enhanced journey reliability along the A422, while encouraging through traffic on to the bypass.
To minimise the visual impact of the bypass, it will be kept as low as practical within the landscape to the north of the village. We are proposing that it should pass under both Cockley Road and the access to Abbey Lodge Farm without a junction. The reduction of traffic along the existing A422 within the village will reduce the environmental impacts of traffic for those living there and improve the journey quality of pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.
Walking, cycling and horse riding
There is currently limited provision for walking, cycling and horse riding throughout the village. The existing A422 is served by a narrow footway throughout the village, and there is a signalised crossing facility near the primary school. Therefore, a walking, cycling and horse riding assessment will be carried out during the next stage.
For each bypass option, two new bridge structures have been identified and are shown on the location plan: