Environmental assessment and modelling relating to M1 junctions 28 to 35a: maximum mandatory speed limit

Maria Arnold made this Freedom of Information request to Highways Agency

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Dear Highways Agency,

I am writing to request the release of environmental assessments and other documents relating to the M1 widening and managed motorway proposals through junctions 28 to 35a close to Sheffield.

The consultation (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultati...) states:

"The environmental assessment that has been carried out indicated that the M1 J28 to 31 and M1 J32 to 35a managed motorway – all lane running schemes could have a significant adverse effect on local air quality at sensitive receptors and at AQMAs, particularly in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas, when operating at the national speed limit and at the predicted levels of traffic growth.

Further modelling was undertaken to determine whether these adverse impacts would be avoided if a speed restriction was imposed on the road. Analysis indicated that the proposal set out below would allow the managed motorway schemes to be built, providing additional highway capacity but without creating significant adverse impacts on local air quality."

I am therefore asking for the release of all documents relating to the environmental assessment and modelling mentioned, including the assessment and modelling documents themselves, and any discussion papers, memos, emails, option assessments and other documentation which relates to the air pollution impacts of the scheme and/or other reasons for the decision to propose a maximum mandatory 60 mph speed limit within the new scheme.

I imagine the relevant document search could be restricted to the years 2012-2014 but, if any of the decisions were made on the basis of evidence or technical assessments conducted before those years, I also request that these earlier documents are released in order to provide a complete record of the evidence and process behind the
decision.

Yours faithfully,

Maria Arnold

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Lake, David,

Dear Ms Arnold
 
I acknowledge receipt of your request, our Project Team is looking into
this for you and will provide a detailed response in due course.
 
Regards,
 
David Lake
Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
Web: [1]http://www.highways.gov.uk

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M1 J28-31 Smart Motorway,

Thank you for your email about the proposed reduction in the maximum speed limit applicable between M1 Junction 28 to 35a to 60 mph.

This upper speed limit is being put forward in conjunction with the Smart Motorways scheme to increase capacity, in order to mitigate the air quality problems adjacent to the network that would otherwise result from the induced traffic growth.

Consultation on the S17 speed limit concludes on 3 March 2014 and we will be in contact shortly afterwards with a response to your comments.Please be assured that all comments provided will be reviewed and addressed before any final decision is made on the implementation of this maximum speed restriction.
For further information about the project and the associated air quality issues and related proposed speed limit please go to the Highways Agency website at:
www.highways.gov.uk/m1J28-31smart

http://www.highways.gov.uk/our-road-netw...

Kind Regards

Project Team

M1 Junction 28-35 Smart Motorway

[email address]

Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN

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T Henderson left an annotation ()

The response from David Lake of the Highways Agency to my request at

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

is probably relevant.

T Henderson left an annotation ()

A new Highways Agency response at

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

confirms February 6th as a date for the release of information and claims that the full document is too big to email and needs to be posted as a CD. Nevertheless, the Environmental Assessment report is due to be posted on the scheme website.

Lake, David,

Dear Ms Arnold

Thank you for your e-mail of 14th of January 2014, which has been dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you require will be enclosed in the forthcoming environmental assessment report. This final assessment report is to be published on 6 February 2014; unfortunately I am unable to provide a copy in advance on this date. As the assessment is a large document with detailed appendices which will give you a great deal of information concerning the measurements and modelling undertaken: it is too large to send electronically. I would be happy to post a copy on a CD free of charge on the 6th February if you are willing to provide a postal address. In addition we will also supply the traffic modelling reports which underpin the environmental assessments. Please contact me if you have any further questions following the publication of the report and thank you for taking the time to comment on the public consultation.

Yours sincerely

David Lake
Highways Agency Major Projects

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Dear David

Thank you. I would certainly appreciate a CD to be sent to the following address:

ClientEarth
The Hothouse
274 Richmond Road
London E8 3QW

Yours sincerely,

Maria Arnold

Lake, David,

Dear Ms Arnold

I understand from my colleagues who sent you this CD that it has been returned with a note stating that it was "not called for". Apparently Royal Mail tried to deliver it on the 7th of February and left a while you were out card as no one was home. Are you able to confirm that you no longer require this information?

Kind regards,

David Lake
Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk

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Dear David Lake

I don't know what the problem was with the post - the address provided is a business address which is always open during working hours. There is sometimes confusion because the entrance is not on the same road as the postal address (it's around the corner)but I certainly didn't receive a card so perhaps it could be resent asap.

Maria Arnold
ClientEarth
274 Richmond Road (entry is from Martello Street)
E8 3QW

Yours sincerely,

Maria Arnold

Lake, David,

Dear Ms Arnold

I acknowledge receipt of your email, we are arranging for a recorded delivery.

Regards

David Lake

David Lake, Scheme Administrator
Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
Tel: +44 (0) 121 6788542
Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk
GTN: 6189 8542

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Lake, David,

Dear Ms Arnold

I can confirm that the report has been re-sent by my colleagues who have taken account of your information regarding the entrance. This is being sent by registered post.

I hope this is helpful to you

Regards,

David Lake, Scheme Administrator
Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
Tel: +44 (0) 121 6788542
Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk
GTN: 6189 8542

Safe roads, reliable journeys, informed travellers
Highways Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport.

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