The traffic generation of a Lidl foodstore is minimal compared to a mainstream food retailer. Our proposals have been assessed within a Transport Assessment produced by Gateways, TSP aimed at establishing the effect of the proposed development on the surrounding road network.
It is important to recognise that discount foodstores stock a mere 2,000 products and have a very low turnover of circa £3m per annum (comparable to a Tesco Express). In contrast, a major supermarket such as Sainsbury’s or Tesco Extra could stock more than 30,000 products and have a turnover of circa £30m. Accordingly, the traffic generation of a discount foodstore is extremely low in comparison.
The site is accessed from Richmond Road, which is identified within TfL Local Cycling Guide 9 as a route along quieter roads recommended by other cyclists. This route connects to a network of off-road river paths that run along both sides of the River Thames both to the north and south of Richmond Road. Lidl will encourage customers to cycle to store by providing a number of cycling bays at the front of the store.
The closest two bus stops to the proposed development are on Richmond Road approximately 20 metres to the east of the site and approximately 70 metres also to the east of the site access.