TMS has recently been commissioned to carry out a traffic management study and workplace transport risk assessment at a school for autistic children in the West Midlands. The school is set in 58 acres of rural parkland, and specialises in the care of children and young people with severe and complex learning needs, offering full time residential care and education, and provision for day students.
The layout of the school grounds is generally similar to some campus-type universities, and TMS will draw on previous experience in advising the Universities of Keele, Warwick and Loughborough on traffic management and safety issues.
The main purpose of the study is to identify any safety and accessibility issues within the school road and footpath network and to recommend remedial action to address those issues. In particular, issues related to interactions between various types of road users (for example, vehicle drivers and vulnerable road users) will be considered.
As one of the main aims of the school is to "create a secure, predictable and structured environment for the child", this study will be one part of that process in the context of recent changes and improvements made to the school facilities.