This is an archived press release
Monday 18 July 2005
18 July 2005
Public's help sought for Bakewell traffic survey
Questionnaires will soon be arriving through letter-boxes and on car windscreens in Bakewell in the first major traffic survey since the town centre was transformed five years ago.
The Peak District National Park Authority is requesting the public's help for fact-finding surveys in August and September to better inform policy makers of the traffic and parking pressures on the National Park's main town.
The aim is to find out how and when residents, workers and visitors use the roads, where they park, what parking or congestion problems affect them and what facilities they use, particularly at the height of the summer holidays.
In September, residents will also be asked to fill in a more detailed travel diary on several days of the week to find out when they use a car, walk, cycle or use the bus, which will include journeys to and from school.
National Park Authority lead member for transport Anne Ashe said: "The aim of the survey is to assess how road use has been affected since the town was radically transformed during the Bakewell Project in 1996-2000, when the livestock market was moved from the centre, to be replaced with shops, houses, a supermarket and car parking.
“We know that road use and demand for parking has increased since then, and the survey will tell us by how much, and the different problems it causes for residents, workers and visitors. Bakewell is the main hub of the National Park, it also suffers from through-traffic and this survey will enable the authorities to draw up road and parking plans for the future.
"We and the highways authorities are trying to encourage more sustainable travel patterns, which might mean walking, cycling or using public transport more than in the past. In fact, we'd prefer less car use in order to protect the environment, reduce harmful emissions and promote health."
Bakewell households will start to receive letters in the week beginning July 25, containing a questionnaire and a residents' card so that surveyors can identify residents' vehicles.
Visitors, workers (in both public and workplace car parks), and bus users will be targeted on Sunday August 7, Saturday August 13, Wednesday August 17, Monday August 22 and Wednesday September 21, to give a variety of days for the surveyors to monitor.
The questionnaires and diaries may be returned in a pre-paid envelope or at the Bakewell Visitor Centre. Participants will be entered in a prize draw, and residents who do not receive a questionnaire can pick one up from Bakewell Visitor Centre.