HIGHWAYS AND ENVIRONMENT: A STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITY

The opportunities open to highway engineers planning for urban areas are discussed. The scope for improved co-ordination between architectural and engineering skills, and a need for more effective communication between engineers and the public is stressed. Potential highway development cannot be considered in isolation and comprehensive analyses of traffic, economic and environmental factors are as important as route location and pavement design. Planners should demonstrate clearly the case for channelling vehicles onto routes catering adequately to their needs, with commercial traffic meriting as much attention as the commuter. As the effeciency of a road network is normally controlled by its intersections, continuity and consistency of design are as important as capacity. The need for a better balance of public and private traffic is recognised. While fixed-track "rapid transit" systems will be of value in selected areas in the future, most public transport will still be dependent on roads. Critical modes will be formed at interchanges between different modes, with the generation of major traffic flows. The police should be involved in discussions of design and methods of dealing with traffic problems. Highway engineers should demonstrate the economic and environmental value of the total transportation approach to the movement of people and goods.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Norwood Publications Limited

    Elm House, Elm Street
    London WC1X OBP,   England 
  • Authors:
    • WILLIAMS, TEH
  • Publication Date: 1974-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 31-3
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 9 1981 12:00AM