You can download from the TEDC website a document which, among other things, offers a revealing insight into the thoughts of the developers of the Truro Eastern District Centre. In section 4.4 they lay out 10 carefully chosen scenarios. Note that none of these cover the main scenario which is Jack and Jill driving up the hill from Truro, or from the south or west of the City, in order to visit Waitrose. It makes you wonder how much thought has gone into the traffic situation.
However, we present them for your entertainment below, together with suitable comments
Different Use Scenarios
1. Family living in Tresillian, with children studying at Penair school:
Both parents work in Truro on the Park & Ride route, they work different hours, which allows one of them to drop off or collect the children from school. Susan starts work at 7.00 am and finishes at 2.30 pm. Joe starts at 9 am and finishes at 5.30 pm. Each drives to the Park & Ride. Joe drops the children off at the crossing by the Cornish Food Centre, before catching the bus into town to work. Susan gets back to the Park & Ride, and collects any food required from the Cornish Food Centre before meeting her children and driving home. Before the Park & Ride was constructed, both parents drove to their respective places of work, dropping the children off or picking them up as required.
Fair point if children at Penair School but John Roach won’t be pleased. Susan used to buy her meat from him
2) Couple living in Trispen:
Jane works at the Truro Council offices and Peter works in Plymouth 3 days a week, so on those days they drive together to the Park & Ride and they both get the bus to station and Council offices. When Jane gets back to Park & Ride she does any shopping required in the Cornish Food Centre and takes any recycling to the HWRC. Peter usually gets back late when working in Plymouth and catches the bus to the Park & Ride. Jane usually picks him up, but sometimes he gets a taxi. If Jane is picking him up, he will do the shopping in the Cornish Food Centre, so they can just load it in the car and go home.
Before the Park & Ride, Peter used to drive to the station,and Jane to work. Jane was usually the one to do the shopping as her work hours and location meant she wasnearer a supermarket. Now they can share it.
Jane is far more likely to drive straight to the station methinks but there is some saving on traffic but less money spent in City Centre. Sorry Tesco’s, looks like you’ve lost this one.
3) Katy, a single person living in Probus and working in Threemilestone:
Katy is a keen cyclist, and in good weather cycles to the Park & Ride site, leaves her bike there and gets the bus to Threemilestone. In bad weather, she usually drives to the Park & Ride site. Sometimes she stops at the Cornish Food Centre to pick up food. When she is cycling she usually gets what she needs for the next couple of days; when she drives she uses it as an excuse to do her more bulky shopping, so she doesn’t have to go at the weekend.
Before the Park & Ride, Katy rarely cycled, as it was just that bit too far, so would always drive.
Brave girl Katy cycling along that road. But in bad weather I think you’ll drive straight to work and park for free. In any case, I don’t think we’ll see much of you at the Farmers Market in future.
4) The Family Holiday Trip:The Edwards family are on holiday in Cornwall, staying near Fistral beach in Newquay.
On a non-beach day they decide to visit Truro and explore what it has to offer. They drive to the Park & Ride, park up and get the bus into town. They spend a day wandering around the city centre, and having lunch. They get the bus back to the Park & Ride site and pop into the Cornish Food Centre, which they read about before they planned their visit to Truro to get something for tea, and head back to Newquay.
Before the Park & Ride, the Edwards Family would have struggled with traffic and unfamiliar car parks on their entry to Truro, and would have completed their food shopping at a supermarket outside Newquay.
Good stuff – this is what Park and Rides are all about and at least they’re going to spend some money in town at a restaurant. Shame about the food shopping though; looks like that’s going to the Food Hall again
5) The Saturday trip:
Claire wants to go shopping, Bob is happy to, but is moaning about all the stuff that’s cluttering up the house. Claire suggests they fill the car, drop it off at the recycling centre, then get the bus into the city. To finish, they get some Cornish produce and bottles of local beer at the Cornish Food Centre on the way home.
Before the Park & Ride, Bob would have made an entirely separate trip to a HWRC several miles away, and they would have driven in to the car parks in the centre of Truro for the shopping trip.
Fine if they live to the east of town but in this case they live in Carnon Downs. Poor Bob – he’s going to have to tackle that Tregolls Road with all the traffic going up to Waitrose
6) The Resident:
Alex moved into the development after getting a job at Truro College, moving from her previous job in Penzance.Her partner, William, also works in Truro. After a few months, Alex found that she no longer needed her car anymore in the week, as she can take the bus to the college,and can get most of her shopping at the Cornish Food Centre. She sold her car and joined the car club. Thanks to the Cornish Food Centre, she finds that she now is more likely to cook as the fresh produce and expertise available from the Cornish producers has inspired her to cook with basic ingredients again. She has started allotment gardening and is joining the autumn cooking classes that will be held at the centre.
Before the development, Alex and William did not live on a public transport route. They owned and used two cars every day. They purchased food weekly at a large national supermarket, driving for that single trip, and had never thought about local food issues before.
And they all lived happily ever after
7) The Regular Commuter:
James, who lives in Tressillian, drives to TEDC daily, parks his car and gets the bus to the hospital. Returns by the same journey. Generally, James does not combine uses on the site as he prefers to shop for his food in the town centre daily, and is well known for never throwing anything away (so rarely if ever visits an HWRC). Previously he drove to the Threemilestone Park & Ride and got the bus in.
Lucky man James – at least the writer of these scenarios allowed someone to shop in town. It would look bad otherwise. Still, that road through Tresillian is getting busier and busier
8) Clearing Out
Simon and Edna live in the centre of Truro. They have just moved and are having a clear out. They fill their estate car with boxes of old clothes and broken furniture and drive to the HWRC.They used to find the HWRC too far away to bother, and generally threw things away in black bags for landfill.
You should have given the old clothes to Oxfam, Edna. Still the good news is that when you’ve finished at the Recycling Centre, you can pop into that shiny new Waitrose (the parking’s free) and do your weekly shop there. Who needs to shop in town anyway?
9) Weekly Shop:
Sophie lives to the east of Truro with her husband and two children. She drives into Truro and drops the children at school, then goes to the Cornish Food Centre to get shopping for the week. Sophie’s trips have not changed. But previously she found it very inconvenient to buy local produce. She loves being able to combine a simple one-stop local produce shop with purchases of staple items from the Waitrose next door.
Fair enough Sophie, we understand but we still miss you in Truro. I know the roads have got busier and some of the small shops have closed but this used to be your town
10) Simple Routine:
Throughout the week Phil collects the recycling which the family accumulate and before he goes to do the weekly shop on Saturday at the Cornish F ood Centre he automatically puts the recycling in the boot of the car so he can drop it off at the HWRC at the same time. He has always tried to recycle but previously has only been able to recycle certain items and if there was any waste from DIY or gardening he had to make a separate car journey to the skip; now he can do it with the rest of the weekly recycling.
Phil, you’re a credit to us all but, if you live in Truro, we have kerbside recycling for most stuff including garden waste. And anyway, all that money you’re spending up the road! Your namesake, Phil the Fish, says he hasn’t seen you for months in the Pannier Market
Ever helpful as we are to the planners at SaveTruro, perhaps some of our contributors would like to submit their own scenarios in the comment box below.