In early 2012, TMS was commissioned by Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd to carry out a safety assessment of the traffic management arrangements within the car parks at their site in Burnaston, Derbyshire. The assessment was instigated as part of the company's health and safety programme to ensure the safety of employees and other users of the site, especially during the busy periods at the end of shifts when hundreds of workers leave the site together, either on foot or by car, motorcycle or bicycle.
After an initial meeting to identify the key issues and hotspots, a team of TMS assessors visited the site on a rainy afternoon in April to gather data and to see how the car park traffic management system operated in practice. A number of safety issues were identified in relation to potential conflicts between different types of user in particular areas of the car parks and on the exit route onto the surrounding road network.
Following the site visit, a comprehensive report was submitted to the company, describing the safety issues identified and outlining a number of options for eliminating or reducing the risks of accidents as far as reasonably practicable. Toyota UK has since expressed an interest in taking many of these recommendations forward into a project to redesign the car parks at the Burnaston site.