Powerfuel Portland address concerns over increased traffic

Powerfuel Portland address concerns over increased traffic

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:42am 5th March 2020.

The company behind a waste incinerator planned for Portland are addressing local concerns over increased traffic on the roads.

Powerfuel Portland say it was a key issue raised during public consultations.

They have now carried out analysis as part of their planning application to Dorset Council.

It suggests the worst case scenario would see 80 vehicle movements a day - which they say would cause a marginal impact. 

Giles Frampton, Director Powerfuel Portland, said:

"The site at Portland Port has a great advantage in that Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) can be delivered by both road and sea.

"For planning purposes, we have to work on the worst-case scenario of 100% of the RDF being delivered to the site by road, which would result in a maximum additional 40 lorries into the Port (80 vehicle movements). "

Site Location North East view powerfuel portland portland port

Giles says they are not dismissing concerns raised, but its useful to put these figures into context.

He said:

"The most up-to-date data from the Department for Transport, shows that Portland Beach Road has a daily 2-way traffic flow of 17,500 vehicles.

"At most the Energy Recovery Facility is expected to generate an additional upper estimate of 80 vehicle movements per day which therefore forms only 0.4% of daily traffic flow, a very marginal impact.

"This is a worst-case scenario, and likely to be smaller."

Plans for a waste incinerator on Portland that could power up to 30,000 homes were announced in November.

But campaigners claim it will bring more lorries 'thundering' along Portland Road.

The Stop Portland Waste Incinerator have launched a petition and say their "overarching reasons for objecting to the scheme from Powerfuel are that it really isn’t needed - the UK has enough incinerator capacity."

stop portland waste incinerator group
Stop Portland Waste Incinerator Group

Their other claims centre around concerns over possible health risks from pollutants, increased traffic from lorries on the road to Portland and that it would be a blot on the landscape.

'Investment and employment'

Powerful say if successful their plant will result in £100M+ investment on Portland.

It will also create 350 new jobs during construction and 30+ permanent long-term jobs when operating, along with up to 45 indirect jobs.