A crucial part of the early
As the first phase of the project currently enters a testing and commissioning phase, this thinking piece looks at the tools employed in the Corridor Access and Mobility Study (CAMS) commissioned by Gold Coast City Council (GCCC or ‘Council’) and completed by Aurecon in 2011.
The objective of the CAMS was to look at ways of
This paper reviews the tools employed in CAMS, which included an audit of on-site conditions within the station walking catchments, delays encountered by pedestrians and a series of
Ben Vardon, who led the study on behalf of Aurecon, said, “The study’s findings demonstrate the inextricable relationship between walking and personal security, the need for streets not roads, and the hallmarks of a dynamic, accessible station.”
Pedestrian Environmental Review System (PERS) software was used to
Over the study area, the pedestrian elements that scored the poorest were
A similar method was employed for bicycle path links in the wider catchment area of the Cycling Environmental Review System (CERS) study. The overall scores for the cycling links for each region considered, generally fell within the average range with the area west of Precinct C falling into the poor range. This was due to factors such as higher traffic speed and lower vehicle proximity, relative to cyclists
Within the study area, there were examples of facilities provided without adequate separation of cyclists from traffic.
Many of the roads within the study area are of high order (district or above) and posted speeds above 70 km/h are common. This environment triggers the need for larger separation of cyclists from traffic.
The analysis identified that the majority of
A comparison for population catchments accessing the stations, corrected for network delays, was
A key step in the CAMS was to
Observations were undertaken of pedestrian footfall on
This provided a basis for high-level estimates of the future minimum footpath widths required under everyday peak conditions and likely GCRT passenger exchange/ dispersion of flow.
This analysis -- when combined with the PERS, CERS and Pedshed -- painted a picture of:
Some of the interventions to improve walking access arising from the study included:
Many fully controllable, geometric design elements emerged as important for station access. Some less tangible factors also
Stations, while largely defined by the GCRT corridor, have been located to take full advantage of bus interchanges and feeder services at Gold Coast University Hospital/ Griffith University, Southport and Broadbeach South. Patronage and passenger exchange will be triple the level