The location of the arena is close to the city centre, near a major transport interchange with a range of transport options. Improved services are planned for the area, which will increase the number of transport options available. This will enable travel by a variety of modes and disperse the effect of travel by car on the highway network.
The council would not want to encourage additional car trips by providing a large car park close to the arena, nor focus car movements on the roads close to the arena. This would not fit with the council’s transport policy or with the arena being an exemplar of sustainability.
The transport assessment work shows that parking demand for most events (up to 10,000 spectators) can be accommodated in existing car parks situated within a 20 minute walk of the arena. For large events, additional measures such as Park & Ride services will be put in place.