URBAN AND TRANSPORT PLANNING CONCEPTS TO REVITALIZE TWO MEDIUM-SIZED TOWN CENTRES IN WEST GERMANY. FROM THE BOOK, NEW LIFE FOR CITY CENTRES: PLANNING, TRANSPORT AND CONSERVATION IN BRITISH AND GERMAN CITIES

This article described and compared 2 different approaches made to solve the traffic congestion problem in medium sized West German towns (Ingolstadt and Buxtehude). In Ingolstade the old town was divided into 4 areas. Direct access from one area to another was prevented by traffic barriers and one way streets. The west-east through traffic was diverted onto the ring road. Parking in the city centre was mainly restricted to residents only, with a few short stay parking areas, special facilities were provided for cyclists and pedestrian zones were created. The scheme was a failure: people got lost in the maze of one way streets and shopkeepers began to provide parking facilities. In baxtehunde, an area wide scheme was introduced only after much public participation and a large publicity campaign. A maximum speed limit of 30 km/hour was imposed on all roads except the main through roads, pedestrian areas and two traffic restrained areas. Traffic from the right was given priority at all junctions within the 30 km/hour speed limit. Roads were narrowed at strategic locations to reduce traffic speed. Later, closed networks of pedestrian and cycle paths were introduced, as was new parking facilities within the city centre. The conclusions that were drawn from a comparison of the two schemes were presented. This paper is published in both English and German, with the German edition following the English one. Its title is: "Stadt-und Verkehursplanungskonzepte zur Belebung von Zwei Mittelstadtzentren in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland". (TRRL)

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    Anglo-German Foundation for Study Industrial Soc

    17 Bloomsbury Square
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  • Authors:
    • KELLER, H H
  • Publication Date: 1988

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  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00493492
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-905492-57-9
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1991 12:00AM