How to negotiate a roundabout when cycling
14 February 2019
There are many different types and sizes of roundabouts which can cause confusion amongst cyclists. Approach a roundabout in the same way you would if driving a car and take control of the appropriate lane for your intended exit. This video by British Cycling gives tips on how to do this and negotiate a roundabout with ease.
Cyclists exposed to less pollution on busy roads than other road users
18 December 2018
An interesting piece of research by Leeds University has examined the levels of pollution different types of commuter are exposed to during the peak hour commute. Contrary to expectations they found that cyclists in fact fare the best. www.welovecycling.com/Leedspollution research
New measures to protect vulnerable road users
23 November 2018
The Government has published a 2 year action plan to improve safety for vulnerable road users. Motorcycle groups are disappointed that they are not included in the description of vulnerable users but Brake and Living Streets welcome the 50 new measures. The plan will also assess whether insurance companies could offer discounts to drivers who have undertaken cycle training. www.gov.uk/government/new-measures-to-keep-people-safe-on-the-roads
Sustrans reviews the NCN
16 November 2018
Sustrans has spent more than two years completing their first ever review of the National Cycle Network. Their report outlines the benefits of the NCN, summarises the findings of the physical audit and sets out recommendations for creating a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/pathsforeveryone
19 October 2018
As a co-opted member of the IHE Council, Entran Director Richard Fitter was pleased to be asked to work with the IHE to develop a Development Management Forum to allow public and private sector highway and transport engineers to discuss current development management issues and challenges. If you are interested, please contact Richard for more information.
New store for Aldi in Yeovil
4 October 2018
We were really pleased to hear that South Somerset District Council granted planning permission last night for a new retail store for Aldi on the Olds Garage site in Yeovil.
Highway congestion solved !
27 September 2018
Storm names for 2018-19
12 September 2018
The Met Office and Met Éireann, have revealed the list of storm names for the coming season.
First introduced in 2015, this is the fourth year the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Irish Republic) have jointly run the ‘Name our Storms’ scheme, aimed at raising awareness of severe weather before it hits.
This year the first storm will be ‘male’ and named Ali, while the second storm will be ‘female’ and named Bronagh, following the alternating male/female pattern established by the US National Hurricane Center in the 1970’s.
Further information can be found [here]
Day at the races
6 September 2018
Entran had a great afternoon with Sol Environment yesterday at Bath Racecourse. It was very clear from the outset that nobody had the first idea about form or tactics but one or two still managed to (inexplicably) end the afternoon a few quid up! Next stop Cheltenham.
Adoption of unregistered land as highway
18 July 2018
This is a very clear description of how to pursue the adoption of a road as highway if the land ownership is unknow. Thanks to Paul Weeks of Shoosmiths.
24 April 2018
Richard Fitter joined forces with Steve Butler and Callum Barnes from Sol Environment this weekend to cycle the route of the oldest one day classic cycle race in Belgium. Steve and Callum completed the full 270km route (with 5200m of climbing) and Richard completed the 156km 'medium' route with its 2700m of ascent. The group then watched the pros race the same route on Sunday to see how it should be done. Chapeau!
University of Bath - guest lecture
26 March 2018
Rob Williams and Richard Fitter were please to be asked to deliver a guest lecture to a group of second year students at the University of Bath last week. Their lecture on the role Transport Planning in the development industry formed part of a wider Engineering module for students in the Faculty of Engineering and Design.
Permission for Keybridge School
21 March 2018
Last night Lambeth Council planning committee approved Mount Anvil's application for Keybridge School. This comprises Phase 2 of their Keybridge House scheme and will deliver a 4FE primary school at basement, ground and first floor level with 125 new dwellings above.
New Audi service centre in Portsmouth
20 March 2018
Very pleased to hear that Harwoods received planning permission this week for their new Audi Service Centre at Airspeed Road, Portsmouth. Entran worked with HNW Architects on the scheme which will provide a new 18 bay workshop/MoT centre.
Mayor's Transport Strategy not motorcycle-friendly
16 March 2018
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has accused the London Mayor of putting motorcyclists and scooter riders’ lives at risk by failing to recognise them properly in his new 2018 transport strategy for London. Their objection centres on the introduction of reduced lane widths to accommodate cycle lanes, which has made filtering on two-wheeled vehicles more dangerous for riders; but also that the Mayor has decided to give motorcycles and scooters the same congestion charges given to cars, taxis and construction traffic.
Housing Infrastructure Fund
7 February 2018
The development industry is urging that the Government’s £2.3Bn Housing Infrastructure Fund must be capitalised on without delay to bolster economic growth.
Last week the Government confirmed its first allocation from the fund – amounting to £866M – which will be shared among 133 council-led housing projects in England. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond commented that these capital grants will be spent on roads, footpaths and other supporting infrastructure needed ahead of new housing developments or to make them viable.
The initial £866M allocation is expected to help support up to 200,000 new homes. Government plans to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. Importantly, all funds must be allocated to infrastructure projects by 2021 so it is critical for local authorities to capitalise on this opportunity without delay.
New guidance on buses in developments
24 January 2018
Today the CIHT published 'Buses in Urban Developments' (Jan 18). The guide, endorsed by RTPI and a number of major bus operators, provides useful advice for developers and their consultants and will inform Transport Assessments and Travel Plans in the future.
13 December 2017
An updated version of the Traffic Signs (Amended) (England and Wales) Regulations and General Directions was laid before Parliament in mid-November but came into force today. The changes are generally technical and only of interest to complete traffic anoraks (like us) but need to be taken into consideration in any detailed highway scheme designs.
20 November 2017
We are delighted to welcome Samuel Agoro to the Entran family. Samuel is an Engineering Technician, and will be working in the Bristol office transportation team.
Permission for ALDI in Cardiff
20 November 2017
We were delighted to be part of the ALDI team that secured planning permission for a new store on Caerphilly Road, Cardiff. Developing a satisfactory access solution proved extremely tricky but all parties finally reached agreement.
Cardif SPG consultation
10 November 2017
Cardiff City Council are consulting on a new SPG entitled 'Managing Transportation Impacts (Incorporating Parking Standards)'. The consultation closes on 21st December 2017 and Entran will be making representations on behalf of our Welsh regional clients.
Aldi Olympics 2017
14 July 2017
Many thanks to Craddys for organising last night's 'Aldi Olympics'. Great fun. And well done to Rob and Richard for winning the egg throwing competition (yep!) and for securing Gold for Entran in the overall team event.
12 June 2017
As keen triathletes (well, we did one in 2011 - scroll way down the news items!) we were pleased to see the Brownlee brothers achieve first and second in the ITU World Triathlon Series in their home town of Leeds yesterday, proudly sponsored by Aldi.
30 May 2017
We were delighted to hear that Midford Road Nursery received planning permission for their new Nursery School at Oldfield Park in Bath yesterday. The Travel Plan proved to be quite complex but permission was granted with no S106 Agreement or obligations and very few conditions which will hopefully enable the Nursery to be open in September as planned.
Three consents for Aldi
11 May 2017
Aldi has secured planning permission this week for three new stores in just two days! The sites are in Moreton-in-Marsh, Highbridge and Rodbourne Road, Swindon.
Revolve 24 training
4 May 2017
Training is going well for the Revolve 24 challenge later this year. Two of the team have triathlons coming up in the next fortnight as well as a number of Wessex League and Banjo Cycles summer Cyclo-cross events. Unfortunately, none of the cycling team have new-born babies so we will have to find another way to replicate the gruelling sleep deprivation.
New DfT Advice Note on the adoption of roads
21 April 2017
The DfT has published an Advice Note on the adoption of new roads so that they are maintainable at public expense. The Advice Note is intended to set out best practice on the adoption of new roads for all those involved in the construction or purchase of new homes. Details can be found here.
22 December 2016
Just received an excellent appeal decision [APP/X1925/W/16/3156092]. Permission was granted by PINS for a single dwelling that had been refused by North Herts DC. On every subject the Inspector took a thoroughly pragmatic approach. On the transport matters the general tone was "This isn't a new housing estate this is a historic setting so design 'guidance' should be treated as such and a common sense approach should be taken'. Excellent decision.
Planning permission for Odyssey
13 October 2016
North Herts DC voted unanimously this evening to grant planning permission for 70 houses and apartments at Odyssey Health and Racquet Club near Stevenage. Previous applications on this site were refused on grounds that the new access would cause harm to the green belt. Entran designed a new access for the current scheme and provided transport and environmental consultancy services in support of the successful application.
Clean Power planning permission
21 September 2016
Northamptonshire County Council granted planning permisison today for a new Energy Recovery Facility and Materials Recovery Plant at Corby. Entran provided Environmental and Transportation consultancy advice for this complex advanced thermal treatment facility on behalf of Clean Power Properties.
New Aldi permission in Ledbury
14 September 2016
Herefordshire CC voted to approve an application for a new Aldi food store in Ledbury. As part of the same application, an extension to the existing Galebreakers factory was also approved
12 September 2016
We are delighted to welcome Alison Banks to the team. Alison is an Associate who specialises in air quality assessments and joins us from WSP. As the latest addition to our Environmental team Alison will assist Environmental Director, Dr Nick Davey deliver a full range of environmental consultancy services.
Not quite as good as last year!
9 August 2016
Last year Entran took 3rd place but this year managed 6th place in the annual Powells Charity Golf Day at Remedy Oak. Good news though, team members did win birdie and raffle prizes!
Another consent for Aldi
14 July 2016
Last night Aldi received planning permission for a new foodstore on Bridgwater Road, Taunton. The planning committee approved the application against officer recommendation.
Consent for St Bede's
13 April 2016
We were really pleased to hear that Guildford BC granted planning permision for a new two-storey teaching block for St Bede's CofE Junior School together with hard and soft play areas, landscaping and parking on land at Send CofE First School.
Electric Car vs Road Bike
27 January 2016
What is the greenest way to commute to work? See GCN's interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/GCN_video
Residential planning consent
13 January 2016
Bristol City Council granted planning permission last night for 47 dwellings and 616sqm of B1 business use at Bath Road Brislington. Excellent news, well done to all involved.
Government axes carbon capture funding
3 December 2015
Despite its manifesto committment, the governemnt has withdrawn its £1bn funding for two CCS schemes in Scotland and Yorkshire. Capture Power chief exec. Leigh Hackett said of the White Rose scheme in Yorkshire "It is difficult to imagine its continuation in the absence of crucial government support". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news
11 November 2015
Mount Anvil opened their show-suite at their Keybridge development in Lambeth yesterday. Looks like it will be a stunning property when it is completed.
£2 billion spending on roads in the South West
13 October 2015
Highways England today met with suppliers and stakeholders to set out how £2 billion of government investment to improve the capacity of roads in the South West will be delivered between now and 2021. A list of the schemes is included on the CILT news page http://ciltuk.org.uk/News/South-West-roads-plan.
Permission for Aldi
18 September 2015
Planning permission was granted last night for a new Aldi store at Weyhill Road, Andover. Congratulations to Aldi, and well done team!
Retail consent in Farringdon
4 September 2015
Entran were pleased to be part of the team that secured planning permission for a 3,000sqm mixed retail site in Farringdon. Highway improvement works include a new right-turn lane access, a footway/cycleway through the site, a new bus stop and a Toucan crossing.
Scottish consent for Clean Power
14 August 2015
The Scottish Government (DPEA) has allowed Clean Power's appeal and granted planning permission this morning for a 15MWe Energy Recover Centre at Hamilton, near Glasgow. Entran's comprehensive EIA was the focus of the successful appeal hearing.
Powells Classic Golf success
12 August 2015
Entran's golf team recently came third in the Powells Classic Golf Tournament at Remedy Oak in Dorset, missing out on the first prize by just two points.
Planning permission for Harwoods
4 August 2015
Congratulations to Harwoods Group who received another planning consent last night; this time for their brand new Jaguar Landrover showroom and workshop in Crawley.
Another consent for Clean Power
6 March 2015
Well done team! Clean Power received planning permission last night for another 8MW ACT Pyrolysis plant and 2MW AD facility, this time at Thameshaven. Entran's EIA and transport work were key to securing permission.
Permission at Imperial Gate
4 March 2015
Congratulations to Robert Hitchins Ltd who last night secured planning permission for the refurbishment of two office blocks and construction of a new 4300sqm office block at Imperial Gate, Gloucester.
TfL fails to spend cycling budget
26 February 2015
The Mayor of London has admitted that TfL only spent £29m of its £82m cycling budget this financial year. TfL says that the money will be rolled forward into next year's budget but cyclists in London claim that TfL repeatedly spends only a fraction of their allocated budget on vital safety schemes.
13 February 2015
The Infrastructure Act passed into law yesterday with wide support from the transport industry. The creation of 5-year funding certainty for highways infrastructure is especially welcome.
TA Guidance archived
22 October 2014
According to the www.gov.uk website the DfT 'Guidance on Transport Assessment' (2007) has today been archived and is now offically superseded by the far less useful transport evidence bases in plan making.
22 September 2014
Entran Director, Richard Fitter was please to finish 10th overall this weekend in the final of the 2014 Husqvarna World Pole Climbing Championships (Tree Surgeon class).
Yet another consent for Clean Power
19 March 2014
We are delighted that Clean Power received planning permission for another Energy Recovery Centre this afternoon; this time for their site in Eastleigh. Richard Fitter addressed the Committee to explain the transport implications of the proposals and then Hampshire County Council voted 12 to 2 in favour of development.
New TA Guidance
18 March 2014
Interesting new Government Guidance on Travel Plans, Transport Assessments and Statements.[TA Guidance March 2014] Some authorities seem to think this replaces previous 2007/2008 guidance; others do not!
Aldi Planning Permissions
27 February 2014
We are delighted to advise that Aldi have recently been granted planning permission for new stores in Longwell Green and Hemel Hempstead. They have also recently opened a new store in Hemel Hempstead.
12 February 2014
Entran has been awarded a 'Worksafe Consultant Membership Certificate' by Safety Management Advisory Services Ltd. The certificate is recognised by Safety Schemes in Procurement and follows the CDM Regs: Core Criteria Stage 1 process, evaluating the designated elements of Health and Safety Management documentation.
Another Consent for Clean Power
4 February 2014
Excellent news, Northamptonshire County Council granted planning permission this morning for Clean Power's proposed Energy Recovery Facility in Corby. The Council voted 8 to 1 in favour of the 10-15MWe ACT and AD facility. Entran produced a full EIA in support of the planning application, addressing a complete range of environmental and transport issues.
Happy New Year!
1 January 2014
Everyone at Entran wishes our clients and partners a very happy New Year. Here's to a joyful and prosperous 2014.
Consent for Broadcrown
21 November 2013
Excellent news for Broadcrown who received planning permission for their renewable energy facility in Wednesbury last night. Sandwell Council's planning committee voted unanimously to approve the change of use from B2.
Aldi to build on Greenbank Road, Plymouth
8 November 2013
At the fourth attempt, and 14 years in the making, Aldi finally received planning permission for a discount food store plus student accommodation at their site on Greenbank Road, Plymouth.
Dock & Roll
3 October 2013
Entran has joined the Brompton Dock scheme which means all our staff can hire a Brompton folding bike from one of 24 locations for just £2.50 a day. www.bromptondock.co.uk
New RTPI report - Delivering Large Scale Housing
12 September 2013
The RTPI published a new report today making 15 key recommendations to unlock schemes and sites to deliver housing in the UK. Recommendations 9 and 10 raise interesting questions about the relationship between infrastructure funding and housing delivery. http://rtpi.org.uk/report.pdf
Clean Power, Willesden - deferred
15 August 2013
Clean Power's application for an Energy Recovery Centre at the Network Rail freight yard in Willesden was deferred last night by Ealing's planning committee. The application was recommended for approval but members requested more information.
12 July 2013
Excellent write-up about the growth of Entran and Sol Environment in this week's Environment Analyst magazine; http://environment-analyst.com/5727/sme-insight-sol-and-entran-grow-in-alliance-model
Oil & gas exploration
30 May 2013
We are delighted to hear that Sonorex Oil & Gas Ltd received planning permission for their exploratory drilling rig near Newport in Wales. The access for HGVs was a challenge but we are pleased we managed to deliver a workable solution.
7 May 2013
Entran has successfully secured Park Mark accreditation for Aldi's store in Newbury. This is the first Aldi store to gain this level of accreditation.
Planning permission for Brent Knoll School
26 April 2013
Brent Knoll School received planning permission last night for a purpose-built school on a new site in Lewisham. The school will cater for around 150 children and young people with language and communication difficulties. Entran prepared air quality and transport assessments in support of the successful planning application
Planning consent for Link School
20 February 2013
Planning consent has been granted for an extension to the Link Primary School in Croydon. The school which specialises in teaching children with special educational needs can now provide modern, attractive facilties for its pupils. Entran prepared a Transport Statement in support of the planning application and devised improved facilities for mini-buses.
Appeal Success in Swindon
15 January 2013
We are delighted to report that as part of a team acting on behalf of Jephson Homes Housing Association, that via the appeal process, permission was granted for a 48 unit mixed tenure housing scheme at Highworth Road Swindon.
More great karting
19 December 2012
Another fun karting event last night, this time at Sandown Park, Daytona. Many thanks to Steve (Red Stig) Crutchley of GML Scott Hill for organising a great evening.
High Street, Weston, Bath
14 December 2012
We are pleased to report that as part of a design team we have recently received consent for a retail extension scheme on the High Street, Weston, Bath. The scheme also included an increase in residential units above and reduced car parking provision.
Orchard View, Whitchurch
3 December 2012
Via a Public Inquiry, Barratts have successfully achieved planning permission for a 47 dwelling residential development on land safeguarded for the A37 By-pass. The inspector concluded that as they relate to the A37 By-pass that LP Policies T.17, GB.4 and GB.1 must be considered out of date and that the likelihood of the A37 Whitchurch By-pass ever coming forward in a timely manner was remote.
12 November 2012
After two applications and a non-determined appeal we were pleased this week to receive confirmation from PINS that the latest appeal at Haggle House in Norfolk was successful; not only granting permission for the annexe to be used as a stand-alone dwelling but also removing the previous requirement for a junction improvement.
26 September 2012
Great result in Cheltenham for a small 3 unit residential development, approved at planning committee for the removal of a condition attached to the original planning permission to retain the existing point of access, with no expensive highway improvements necessary.
Powells Golf Classic
8 August 2012
Despite registering 90 points, Entran only managed joint 7th out of 18 teams. However, a couple of dropped putts would have seen us finish in 3rd place on a very compact leader board. It was a fun day and we were pleased to support the great efforts by Powells to raise money for childrens charities.
Powells Golf Classic
12 July 2012
Entran are pleased to have entered the Powells Golf Classic charity golf day at Remedy Oak on the 7th August and hopefully will be advising of some good news; let's see.
Hotel approved in Acton
15 June 2012
Planning permission granted for a 125-bed hotel in Acton this week. Entran provided Environmental and Transportation consultancy advice and produced Air Quality and Noise Assessments as well as a Transport Statement and Travel Plan for the hotel.
Hotel Travel Plan Approved
12 June 2012
Entran Travel Plan for Holiday Inn Express approved by Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Wiltshire Core Strategy
14 May 2012
Entran have recently made a submission to the Wiltshire Core Stratgey EIP, questioning the Council's approach to their Transportation Stragegy for Chippenham. Watch this space.....
Permission for UPP
8 April 2012
Excellent news - planning permission granted for new UPP residential accommodation at University of Reading. Travel Planning and parking were key issues so we were very pleased with Wokingham's unanimous decision.
19 March 2012
We move into our great new office at Greenway Farm today (19/3/12). Our new address and location can be found on the contacts page.
6 March 2012
We're really pleased to have launched our new website www.entranltd.com. Look out for our new office address later this month too!