The use made by trade vehicles of a service area shared by thirty-six shops and offices was studied for several days to determine how efficiently it operated. The main conclusions were as follows. (1) the service area was used mainly by the vehicles for which it is intended i.e., those delivering or collecting goods, making trade visits for some other purpose or making service visits. However, a small percentage of vehicles (7 per cent) were parked in the service area by shop staff and by people who had business elsewhere. (2) the majority (61 per cent) of all trade visits to the service area were to four premises (two supermarkets, an electrical goods shop and a television hire shop). (3) the main disadvantages of the service area appear to be that, (a) the entrance is also the exit, and (b) two major users are situated near the single access road. (4) 30 per cent of vehicles using the service area were delayed to some extent by other vehicles (12 per cent were delayed by 30 seconds or more). (5) the efficiency of the service area could probably be improved by, (a) a system of parking stalls, and (B) improved reception facilities at shops. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Prudhoe, J
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 42 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097012
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NO. 91 UC Suppl Rpt.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM