The paper discusses two themes: the context for decisions on residential road standards, and the impact of planning rather than design variations on road costs. Residential road evaluation and decision making is dissimilar to that of higher order roads, on a number of counts: the central importance of non-traffic consequences of design variations, transfer of costs between participants and non-participants in the decision, and the questionable rationality of many present standards. Planning considerations cover the wider concern of street planning rather than carriageway design, and the importance of site characteristics, network effects, lot and building types, and open space planning. The impact of these aspects of site planning on both quantity of roadway and the inherent level of road safety are discussed. It is concluded that discussion restricted to the road carriageway and design standards can provide only partial perspectives on residential road cost problems and their solution. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Papers from Workshop on the Economics of Road Design Standards; Canberra, May 18-20, 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Transport Economics, Australia

    Allara Street
    Canberra City, A.C.T. 2601,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Brindle, Raymond E
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330367
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1981 12:00AM