Robert West were appointed by the Royal Borough of Kingston to provide an Options Appraisal identifying potential solutions to improve car parking and safety of pedestrians during the school drop off and pick up peak periods in Harrow Close, Chessington car park.
The car park is located next to two schools with a third school close by. It is a small car park consisting of just 19 spaces, with an awkward layout and one way system resulting in traffic queuing out onto a busy A road and parking overflowing to the nearby restricted parking in residential areas. There is a small piece of adjacent unused land which has the potential to expand the car park and help ease the current volumes of traffic.
Our initial report outlined a number of potential solutions:
- ‘kiss and drop’ with some limited parking spaces design
- 20 minute maximum stay with accompanying enforcement cameras
- Different layouts to reduce over crowding
- Staggered school start/end times
Having reviewed the initial findings Robert West were then commissioned further to investigate utilising the car park with more emphasis on it being a drop off facility. We undertook a parking survey, the results of which showed the car park was always full during the 40 minute drop off/pick up school times.
Our second report considered if it would be possible to incorporate a clear route through to one of the schools improving the flow of traffic and include a new minibus shelter for the Royal Borough of Kingston’s special educational needs minibus service on the adjacent unused land. The car park design options rationalised and updated the existing car park.
Our Transport Planners enjoyed undertaking the design work – starting with a blank canvas, taking into consideration the requirements, data, restrictions and brief from the client and bringing it all together by the design of a new layout for the car park with accompanying management techniques.
We enjoyed listening to the client’s requirements, providing advice and information to assist them. The Royal Borough of Kingston are now reviewing the Options Appraisal report and we are keen to follow the progress of this challenge.