Country Report - United Kingdom

This Country report will provide an update on the report presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design in Chicago, discuss progress on the new initiatives mentioned in that report and then go on to explain the recent changes that have occurred in the UK on the design philosophy for its residential streets and how the gap in guidance provision for various road types that exist between residential streets and motorways (freeways) is being filled. In 2007 the UK Government’s Department for Transport published a document that laid down new planning and design guidance for residential streets. These guidelines based on case study evidence and research set down, amongst other things, new geometric requirements for streets in residential areas. The document is known as Manual for Streets. The document sees a considerable policy shift in the provision for users with a move towards a philosophy of designing for communities transferring the balance of provision from vehicle movement to provision for all. It aims to increase the quality of life through good design which creates more people-orientated streets. Although the detailed guidance in the document applies mainly to residential streets, the overall design principles apply to all streets within urban areas. This new document means that the UK now has well defined guidance for low trafficked residential streets and the busiest highways, Motorways (freeways) and Trunk roads (inter urban routes) outlined in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. What is missing is guidance covering the roads in between for example, high streets, mixed priority routes, main streets through market towns etc. A new project has commenced to deliver a document that is a companion document to Manual for Streets that will “bridge the gap” between the existing two sets of guidance. The new document which will be titled Manual for Streets – Wider Application of the Principles will take the philosophies set out in Manual for Streets and demonstrate through guidance and case studies how they can be extended beyond residential streets to encompass both urban and rural situations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Polytechnic University of Valencia

    Department of Transportation, Camino de Vera
    Valencia,   Spain  46022
  • Authors:
    • Smart, John
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 2010


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: 4th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, June 2-5, 2010, Valencia, Spain

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01338109
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2011 1:46PM