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The purpose of my final essay is to analyse the results produced by my diagrams, graphs, maps, sketches and photographs from my winter and summer visit.Tax Disc Survey

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Final Essay: As Ambleside is a tourist honeypot the traffic in the summer will be higher and will create more problems for the residents such as noise, air pollution and parking. The purpose of my final essay is to analyse the results produced by my diagrams, graphs, maps, sketches and photographs from my winter and summer visit. Tax Disc Survey As part of my winter study I performed a tax disc survey in two car parks (Waterhead and Hayes Garden Centre car parks). I studied and collected the results from 25 cars in each car park and recorded them on a catchments area map on the UK. My study showed me that most of the people that had vehicles parked in Ambleside local car parks were not from Ambleside but they were from the rest of the UK ( 60%).I recorded the results of my tax disc survey on two bar graphs and on a UK map. The results show me that most of the vehicles that are in Ambleside are all within a four hours journey time from Ambleside. From my results I was able to draw a catchment area circle on a UK map this shows where all of the vehicles that were in Ambleside have come from and the travelling range that they were each from i.e. 2hr and 4hr travelling time from Ambleside. Out of the 50 cars that were recorded only two of them came from places that were within 4 hours journey time from Ambleside and the rest were within 2 hours journey time i.e. day-trippers. This may be due to a few reasons, such as accessibility to Ambleside is very good. ...read more.

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My winter results (pg 8) show me that the busiest roads in Ambleside were Rydal road and Waterhead which was also the same for my summer results. Rydal road is at the north of Ambleside and Waterhead is at the south they are both main roads that lead in and out of Ambleside. My winter results show me that the busiest areas in Ambleside were on the two main roads entering and leaving Ambleside and in the town centre. This is also the same for my summer results (pg 9). The two main roads entering and leaving Ambleside are busier probably because it is mainly tourists that are entering and leaving Ambleside on day trips such as us. However this is a weakness in my investigation as I cannot tell which of the drivers are tourists and which are residents as my traffic survey does not give details of the drivers. My summer results show me that most of the traffic was in the town centre such as Rothay road (285 vehicles) and Wansfell road (165 vehicles) this is because CBD roads are busier than others and always have higher levels of traffic . Also that the number of vehicles in certain areas was higher than those in winter e.g. Lake rd north (202 vehicles in winter and 261 in summer) although in many of the areas the level of traffic was significantly lower than in the winter such as Waterhead- to and from Ambleside (140 in winter 117 in summer). This may just be a slight error that could be resolved if both of the surveys were conducted for a longer period of time or if the summer investigation was performed on a different day. ...read more.

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A very small number (1%) said that pedestrianisation was needed which suggests that safety is more of an issue than traffic problems to the people asked. Traffic Evaluation: As part of my summer visit I performed a traffic evaluation study. In this I performed a study of each of the ten sites that I performed my traffic survey in winter and in summer. I studied the following catoegories at each site: Congestion, Fumes (Air Pollution), Noise, Speed, Size of vehicals, Size of pavement, Pedestrian crossings and Pedestrian numbers. For each category at each site a gave a value from 0 to 7. 0 was the worst possible description ie Lots of fumes from vehicles causing smoke to be almost visible in air.. 7 was the best possible description ie clean air and no fumes or smells. I recorded all of my results on a table (pg 32) and then used that information to create frequency bar graphs for each category (pg 33,34). The bar graphs that I drew show the scores (0-7) for each category and how often they were given, I then used this information to work out the average score for each categories ie size of vehicles 5.2. 2 of my best categories were size of vehicles and pedestrian numbers. Size of vehicles was a fairly good category as the average was 5.2, this was a realatively high score as it was the second highest. This shows that overall throughout Ambleside the size of the vehicles travelling through and parked on roads is not much of a problem as the average score for this category was not too far (1.2) away from the best possible description. This shows me that the size of vehicles in Ambleside were not too big ie HGVs. The second of my best categories was ...read more.

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