Report Active Quarter: Brackmills Industrial Estate 2022 – Active Travel and Physical Activity Infrastructure

Declan Ryan*, Toby Tonkin, Jack Hardwicke

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report


The University of Northampton conducted an audit of the footpaths and cycleways through Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, using open-source data from the Census 2011, 2019 English Indices of Deprivation and OpenStreetMap (OSM) for desk-based mapping as well as a site visit to review existing street furniture that has been reported to influence walking and cycling levels. The report provides a detailed audit of the Industrial Estate, and the subsequent recommendations from this work are outlined below.

• Review the wayfinding in the Industrial Estate to cover minor gaps in the current provision and ensure clarity in route signage.
• Update the information board maps to align with existing finger post signs and Brackmills BID branding.
• Review vegetation maintenance schedule to reduce the encroachment of vegetation onto shared use paths and streetlights.
• Review missing or broken streetlighting.
• Targeted active travel support to employees who live within the 20-minute walking and cycling boundaries, e.g., eBike trials.

• Review crossing points along the footpaths and cycleways to ensure they meet LTN 1/20 standard.
• Work with employers to provide secure cycle parking, storage, and shower facilities.
• Removal of chicanes and bollards that do not meet LTN 1/20 standard.

• Review the provision of bus shelters and seating across the Industrial Estate so employees can shelter during bad weather and pedestrians have places to rest if they are unable to walk for long uninterrupted periods.
• Review all footpaths, cycleways, and shared use paths to determine upgrades needed to meet LTN 1/20 standard across the Industrial Estate.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Northampton
Commissioning bodyBrackmills BID
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2022


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