Vehicular traffic that could be generated by the Lea Bank Energy Park is a key consideration. Discussions are underway with the local highways authorities to ensure that any likely impacts in terms of highways safety, operational capacity and effects on amenity are considered in detail, and any necessary mitigation measures are determined.
Unrecyclable refuse derived fuel would be imported to the site by a modern fleet of HGVs as part of managed contracts. These contracts will stipulate the highest vehicle condition standards in terms of economy/emissions, measures such as vehicle sheeting, vehicle routing requirements and driving standards. HGV activity would be monitored and managed throughout the life of the scheme.
Based on a throughput of 500ktpa, it is likely that the Lea Bank Energy Park could generate up to 130 HGV trips per day, which would equate to 260 HGV movements (in and out). This figure includes residual material exported from the site. There would also be car trips generated by staff.
Access to the site would be via a new purpose built access junction served off the B653 Lower Harpenden Road, designed with optimum visibility and arranged to accommodate HGV turning requirements. All HGV traffic would arrive and depart via the north using the B653 Lower Harpenden Road gaining access to the A1081 New Airport Way.
Whilst the B653 Lower Harpenden Road to the north of the site does not pass through any villages, the route is being considered in terms of design and suitability with the Local Authorities. No HGVs would be routed via the south of the site. This restriction would be signed at the site access junction by means of signage and road markings.
Lbep Access Option