Travel survey disruption over

Travel surveys planned for this week will be carried out by post – meaning no more disruption for Plymouth motorists.

The Council has to gather up-to-date information about people’s travel movements to get Government funding for the major transport improvements the city needs and ensure schemes meet future demand.

Because of the amount of good quality data collected during the first week, the Council is able to carry out its remaining surveys by postcard, rather than roadside interview.

Instead, drivers will be handed questionnaire cards while they are stopped at traffic lights and asked to return them by post.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We have to gather this information to secure Government funding but we are always mindful of delays and do everything we can to minimise disruption.

“We’re really pleased with the amount of data we were able to collect last week, on routes that are a big part of our future transport plans. We hope motorists will understand that the long term benefits will far outweigh the short-term disruption.

“Roadside interviews provide us with the best data but postal surveys are still useful in supplementing the information we collect. We were planning to use postcards for one of our surveys this week but we can now use them for both, which should mean very little disruption for motorists, if any.

“Once again, we’d like to thank drivers for bearing with us and helping us gather this crucial information, without which we would not be able to secure the funding we need for our major road improvements.

“The more responses we get, the better placed we are to design road schemes that will really benefit motorists and meet the city’s future transport needs.”

The Council cannot announce survey locations or dates in advance because many drivers would alter their routes and journey times, which would significantly skew the survey results.