ROUTE PLANNING AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT FOR A MARATHON

With the recent interest in marathon running this paper discusses some of the problems associated with designing the route and managing traffic during the event. The criteria for planning the route are set out and include the needs for start and finish areas, minimum traffic disturbance, a flat route and maximum spectator facilities. Differing running speeds must be taken into account and a graph is presented to illustrate the potential spread of runners. The problems in controlling and diverting traffic are discussed at length with particular reference to the 1981 Nottingham half-marathon. The importance of good planning and careful marshalling are emphasized and the role of the traffic management engineer is discussed. It is concluded that the Nottingham marathon shows that it is possible for a well-organised marathon to be fitted into the complex urban situation. (TRRL)

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    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ

    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ

    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • Armstrong, P J
  • Publication Date: 1983-10

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 26
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  • Accession Number: 00382469
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM