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Hempsted bypass.

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Introduction

Other wise known as Hempsted bypass Introduction For my Year 11 GCSE Geography coursework I have chosen to study the Hempsted bypass, which forms part of an overall South West bypass system within the city of Gloucester. This topic is a current issue for the people who live in and around Hempsted. The principle objectives for the southwest bypass system is as stated in appendix 1 page 1. This system, sometimes referred to as a scheme, comprises five sections, from the South these are as follows: 1. Cole avenue junction improvement 2. The Netheridge section 3. Hempsted bypass 4. Llanthony road improvement 5. The castle meads section The main reason a have chosen this topic out of the wide range of choices is that the Hempsted bypass will over time be linked to the A38 which in turn links to the M5 South which is the motorway surrounding Gloucester. Currently, I live just off the Bristol Road (A430) which much of the traffic travelling out of the city towards Quedgeley, Hardwick and surrounding areas as well as junction 19 of the M5 motorway. On most days Bristol Road is congested with traffic and one of the schemes objectives is to "improve road safety, reduce road accidents and to improve the environment of the Bristol road area for the many residents living along the route". Another objective is "to relieve congestion on the existing (A430) Bristol Road and provide improved access for in industrial and commercial premises" (appendix 1 p1). Therefore, as a cyclist, pedestrian and resident in this area, I welcome the bypass Location of study area Map of study area The building of the bypass has created new houses for people to move to the area, there are now estates either side of the bypass, this has used what is known as regeneration of brown field sites to create what was once industrial land, into houses that people will pay any thing from �130,000+ to live in. ...read more.

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Methods The methods I have chosen to help me gain information are as follows: - Primary data * Traffic count on Hempsted bypass. Providing information that people do use the by-pass * Traffic count on Hempsted Bridge. Providing information that will help me find out * Questionnaire handed out to residents on the three estates and in Hempsted village. Secondary data * Letters to Gloucester City Council, Gloucestershire County Council and other organisations. * Online maps from multimap.com * Internet sites such as; www.gloscc.gov.uk www.gloucester.gov.uk www.thisisgloucester.com Aims I have chosen these aims, which I hope to prove right and wrong over the course of my investigation, into the Hempsted area. * What roads have been relieved of serious traffic problems? * Whether the Bristol road has been relieved of serious traffic problems? * What the advantages of the bypass are? * What roads now have more traffic on them? * Should the bridge be wider at Hempsted? * Will the advantages of the bypass increase after the extension is built? * Will the advantages of the bypass only be significant once the bypass system has been built? * What the disadvantages of the bypass are? Hypothesis The bypass has been of limited benefit in terms of fulfilling the objectives of the scheme. I believe that my hypothesis is correct; as there are still daily traffic jams on Bristol Road. In addition the Hempsted bypass is also very congested with traffic, worsened by the problem of a bottleneck that exists at Hempsted Bridge. This problem might be eradicated once the whole scheme has been completed Question 1 Male Female 8 19 Question 2 Years Amount Years Amount 15 1 2 1 4 2 5 1 6 2 17 1 3 3 45 1 1.5 1 21 1 8 1 32 1 9 1 12 2 50+ 3 . . 1 2 0 1 18 1 41 1 . ...read more.

Conclusion

The data which help the most was the questionnaire results as those results are from the people who live close to and use the Hempsted bypass instead of information written by someone who does not use the bypass every day so only has the perspective of a visitor to the area. The information gained from Mr Dorian. Whiting who is part of the network improvement team helped very much. Another thing I could do to gain more information could have maybe asked people visiting the local shop what their views were on different questions. The results helped a lot in making a valued and clear conclusion about the whole project. Things that could be done to develop this into a further study would be, handing out more questionnaires to hopefully increase the amount of answers, which in turn will increase the accuracy of the results, giving a more in depth picture into the people's views about the bypass. The data gained though this research would be able to make proposals about this area because of the before and after traffic counts received from Mr Whiting, these show that Hempsted bypass carries 5000 vehicles a day now, so just imagine how many this may rise to after it has been completed, even though now to someone with one the information it would seem like the bypass has just created traffic problems. The other data gained from Mr Adrian Clarke from the City Council was really helpful and easier to use and gain information of the objectives the scheme; these show everything that will have to happen to complete the bypass system. All maps came from multi map.com or received in the letters from the City and County Council. Mr Adrian Clarke from Gloucester City Council and Mr Dorien Whiting from Gloucestershire County Council for all the information in appendixes 1 and 2 All of the data in the information part of this project has been adapted from Internet sites such as www.gloscc.gov.uk and www.gloucester.gov.uk ...read more.

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