Traffic and Transport
How many vehicles will access the site each day?
There will be approximately 54 HGVs in total which will equate to around 5 or 6 each hour. This is an increase of just 2 to 3 vehicles an hour when compared to the facility that we already have consent for. The A70 was designed and built to carry traffic relating to the coal mining industry so it is well-suited to being used by this type of commercial vehicle in the numbers we require. It is important to note that these aren’t new vehicles being added to the roads. These are existing vehicles which are already being used to carry waste to landfill for disposal.
Has the use of rail been considered for transporting waste to the Killoch ERP site?
All transport options have been considered. At present, we’re not intending to use the rail head located to the north of the site at the former Killoch disposal point, but it is an option that could be utilised in the future, either in addition to or instead of road transport. In reality, use of the railhead at the site would only become feasible if a centralised waste depot or bulking facility was established elsewhere as a start point for the waste to be collated and transferred onto the rail system. Ultimately, our transport decisions are based on identifying the most practical, cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions for our facility.
Can mitigation measures be put in place (for example; speed restrictions) to reduce the impact of road traffic movements related to the site?
All road users must comply with the law and we expect any drivers coming to our site to obey both the letter and the spirit of any laws or guidance that are in place. Ultimately, the local highways authority will assess the traffic impact of our proposals and, having considered all material issues, they will recommend any controls (such as traffic routing plans or limits) that they feel are appropriate. We will comply with all planning conditions that are set.
Which roads will be used to access Killoch ERP and how will Barr ensure drivers stick to the agreed route?
We will set traffic routeing plans in place as part of our planning application and, if the project is consented, we will ensure our drivers follow these routes. All our vehicles are fitted with trackers that confirm their route and speed – but we would also welcome people from the community telling us if they believe they see Barr vehicles where they shouldn’t be. We will always take action if we’re made aware of perceived breaches. Similarly, we will ask third party drivers coming to our site to use the agreed routes and censure them if they don’t use the agreed routes.
How much construction traffic will there be and for how long?
Construction of the facility will last up to three years. Based on a peak construction workforce of up to 400 workers, we estimate a peak of 130 to 135 passenger vehicles per day. In addition we estimate a peak of a further 14 vehicles per day transporting equipment and supplies to the site.
How close will the proposed building be to the A70?
The building will be approximately 20m from the A70 at the nearest point. It will be located beyond the existing screening bund and proposed internal roadway.
Will there be traffic lights or a slip road at the entrance to the Killoch ERP?
We’re not currently proposing either of these as part of our draft plans. Ultimately, the local highways authority will assess the traffic impact of our proposals and, having considered all material issues, they will recommend any measures that they feel are appropriate. We will comply with all planning conditions that are set.