An illustration

The attached image is deliberately chosen as a satellite image, so it retains an impression of the nature of the place. Something which maps can mask; the true impact of an idea can be skewed by graphics.

Relief road route options:

A. As it is

Leave the main route through the High Street, manage the decline of the flanking buildings and move the pedestrian focus. Prevent or limit some parking/loading on the High Street, to help the traffic to keep moving (congestion accentuates pollution) and adapt junctions to maintain flow. Revise stopping places and clarify access to available parking provisions. Police these restrictions.

B. Up the hill

The landscape of the town is varied, reflecting the stages of its development and one of the most important aspects of Crieff is its hillside development: Terraces of homes culminating in the Crieff Hydro Hotel, golf courses and the Knock; the recreation space of the town closes the top of the town to expansion.

There is no real scope to drive a road through the area between the impractically steep sides of the Knock and the late nineteenth century, early twentieth century terraces of stone-built villas. If it were forced it would change the essence of the town and undermine the quality of the space while hindering the hitherto direct access to the peaceful natural landscape of the hill from the town.

Even if it were possible, it could be said that to drive a road through open and elevated ground north of the town might separate people in vehicles too much from the town and do nothing to improve planning within the town.

C. Down the hill

The favoured route through Broich is a logical one but even so, likely to be enormously controversial.

It is probable that an alternative which crosses the river would produce the best outcome but the cost of building two new bridges, as well as the additional new roads, would seem to be the least likely to succeed because of the costs, which would not be offset by gains in managed development elsewhere in this plan.

Down the hill

Advantages of a route C (from Gilmerton to Broich Road):

  • Staged management per traffic volume and budget, this being the only route which can carry the present and predicted volumes of traffic, as an intermediate development.

  • Existing infrastructure utilised, including some reuse of existing services and road surfaces.

  • Expansion potential; it lays the foundations for a future, more expansive development, when traffic levels increase to a level greater than can be managed by the intermediate plan.

  • Guidance of new land designations on the eastern periphery.

  • Associated traffic management benefits to other routes in the town.

  • Prevention of inappropriate infilling development.

  • A potential to increase the interface with the River Earn to the town’s general benefit, plus scope to improve pathways and cycle tracks.

  • Release of the main part of the High Street to be very low volume traffic or - ideally - pedestrian/service access only.

  • Release of the roadway fronting James Square for pedestrian priority and benefits to surrounding businesses and attractions. Expands the safe place of assembly.

  • Forces a review of cross town routes for creating a stronger link between the town centre and the campus.

  • Removes traffic hazards and pollution from the centre of the town, making premises more attractive for commercial and domestic use.

  • Opportunity to extend funded archeological research in the areas of proposed development.

  • Opportunity to remove unsightly semi industrial developments at town’s southern gateway and to relocate light industry to a more appropriate designated site.

Disadvantages of route C:

  • A perceived increase in risk to schools (noise, pollution, traffic hazards) but which can be managed and minimized (see secondary routes)

  • Archeological significance of the area meaning digging and recording during the mapping of the route will cost more and take longer.

  • Reaching agreements with all affected land owners and businesses. The primary elements of Route C, as proposed, are (from east to west):
Other comments on Route C:
New traffic management at roundabout where Highlandman Loan road joins the A85, which will regulate the introduction of traffic from the town’s upper side and serve future development by the Hydro Hotel.

Release of land adjacent to or near to the Highlandman Loan road, according to ownerships, topography, the overhead power line and the apportionment of land for agriculture, leisure and amenity, light industrial, commercial and residential uses, alongside other factors such as environmental impact and heritage concerns.

The route between the suggested Highlandman Loan / A85 roundabout and the suggested Broich Road near Pittenzie Road roundabout would be the subject of careful analysis and planning.

A roundabout near to the local recycling and waste processing site would be a logical future launch point for a later, bigger bypass which might involve two river crossings and, possibly, an alternative approach to the established A85 route.

Broich Road itself would be made wider between Pittenzie Road and Burrell Street and there would be minimal access points along the length of the road from Pittenzie Road to Burrell St. There would be no direct access from the school campus, these being managed from minor roads such as Pittenzie Road and Duchlage Road. School pupils will be able to arrive and leave without needing to walk adjacent to the relief road. Furthermore, the campus would have a planted screen along the Broich Road margin.

The Market Park would be developed to provide enhanced parking opportunity, especially for lorries needing to break their journeys, cars with caravans which otherwise cannot stop in Crieff and for touring motorhomes.

The existing retail development plan adjacent to the Market Park should not impact these proposals significantly as there is scope to adjust the position of the kerb without affecting the feasibility of the parking and traffic flow in the site.

Any other opportunities made available by these works, for localised peripheral and town centre access to parking.

At the Broich Road to Burrell Street intersection there could be a roundabout with a separate access to the Market Park. The configuration of this area would respect traditional layouts but also streamline the flow of traffic.

The old Meadow site could eventually be developed as a well landscaped two level open carpark, with the added potential of the adaptation or relocation of the supermarket.

Priority to be given to the traffic from Burrell Street as it joins the Comrie Road.

The volume of traffic hitherto traveling up Burrell Street to turn right into Lodge Street will be substantially reduced. Such that it may be possible and desirable to close Lodge Street and allow perpendicular parking, augmented by trees which will provide shelter without obscuring the long views. Diverting east bound traffic along the new road will significantly mitigate the any perception of increased traffic volume in Burrell Street.
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