Client: Burmarrad Commercials
Start / Finish Dates: January 2013 – February 2013
The Scheme involves the redevelopment of the Burmarrad Commercials site in Burmarrad. It comprises the demolition of the existing structures, and the construction of basement stores and parking, a showroom, workshops, car wash booths, a shop, and a VRT garage.
The road safety audit, requested by Transport Malta, was carried out on the vehicle access to the proposed Scheme and includes visibility and swept path analysis. Access to the Scheme is from Triq Burmarrad, a wide 2-lane single carriageway that links Mosta and San Pawl il-Baħar.
A safety audit of the current situation was also undertaken. It highlighted several existing safety hazards that need to be addressed. The audit of the Scheme plans, together with visibility and swept path analysis concluded that a number of modifications are required. These were also based on a recommended access arrangement presented by Transport Malta. The modifications to the original plans included:
- Rationalisation of the accesses;
- Re-organisation of forecourt parking;
- Improvements to kerb radii;
- Provision of a ghost island for right turns;
- Removal of trees proposed along the forecourt;
- Removal of unnecessary party walls;
- Addition of signage and road markings; and
- Shifting of the pelican crossing.
Analysis of the recommended modifications showed that by adopting these measures, vehicle conflicts are reduced and visibility is improved.
The submission of an Environmental Permit Application was a condition of the development permit granted for the project in February 2013. The application process involved collating information on the storage and use of raw materials, fuels, and chemicals, waste management and air emissions.
Keywords: road safety audit, environmental permit