Riverside Regional Centre: Roads Update
Riverside Regional Centre is a £50m purpose built retail park located approximately 1km to the south of Coleraine town centre.
It is a major economic driver within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area and has helped make Coleraine a strong and attractive shopping destination.
With a gross floor space exceeding 300,000 ft2 and over 25 tenants, the retail park is anchored by retailers Sainsbury’s, B&Q and Dunelm. It is a significant revenue raiser for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council through in excess of £2m in rates per annum from tenants within the Park.
Over 600 jobs are currently supported within Riverside with the vast majority of employees from the local surrounding areas, generating more than £7m per annum in salaries.
With a view to improving traffic management arrangements within the retail park, owners British Land and Kelvin Properties instructed Civil & Traffic Consultants to take forward an appraisal of the northern access to the park.
Junction counting was undertaken at the existing roundabout at Riverside Road North using video camera between 31st May 2018 and 2nd June 2018 with results focussing on peak traffic flows during the weekday and Saturday busiest hour periods.
ARCADY (Assessment of Roundabout Capacity and Delay) modelling was also utilised to consider the impact of any amendments to the existing roundabout.
A report was subsequently prepared which considered all the roads and traffic implications of reopening the exit from the park to the Riverside Park North roundabout to alleviate traffic congestion experienced at the Castleroe Access.
The access off the Riverside Park North roundabout has been an entrance only for a considerable time with the exit being closed. Modelling undertaken shows that reopening the exit from the car park to the roundabout will help to relieve congestion experienced within the park and there will be no detriment to the functioning of the roundabout as a result of these works.
Programme of Works
Widening the exit way to enable two lanes at the roundabout
Moving the footpath into the landscaping as a result of widening of exit way
Blocking off the top 3 exit roads with kerbs and low level planting
Re-configuration of the directional signage on the ground
Works commenced on Monday 19th November 2018 with expected completion by Friday 30th November 2018.