Situated at the southern end of Porthcurno, the Minack Theatre has been ranked the number one tourist attraction in Cornwall according to Trip Advisor and welcomes approximately 300,000 visitors a year.
Having witnessed first-hand our team’s work for the Porthcurno Coastal Community Team, where we advised on traffic and transport issues associated with the highly popular route into the stunning Porthcurno Valley, The Minack Theatre Trust approached our Cornwall-based transportation team in Camborne for similar advice.
The Trust briefed our team to assess the movements and arrival/departure times of traffic associated with the theatre and the impact of traffic on the local highway network. Our proposed mitigation measures were based on considering the behaviour of people visiting the area and the existing parking rules which heavily influence decision-making.
Our resultant Traffic Management Plan presented a wide range of measures to mitigate the congestion and create a safe and controlled flow of traffic to the theatre.
Based on our recommendations, the theatre runs a coach for two evening performances a week from St Ives and Penzance and another minibus from St Just for one evening performance a week, allowing tourists in particular to leave their cars behind which will have a significant positive impact on the narrow approach road.
In addition, we secured agreement from other tourist attractions in the area to ensure site lines within the public highway are kept clear of vegetation and we encouraged the Minack Theatre Trust to secure a licence from the Council to park up to three coaches on agreed days at Porthcurno car park. This provides the opportunity for the Trust to run a minibus shuttle from the car park to the theatre to further ease congestion.