Runcorn, one of the second generation new towns, was designated in April, 1964 and the first contract was started early in 1966. Like all new towns considerable emphasis is placed on the needs of the motorist and the master plan envisaged a primary road of high standard encircling the residential development and separating it from the industrial areas. A busway, a route reserved exclusively for buses, would pass through the centre of both residential and industrial development. Much of this is now reality. The first housing area was designed following pure Radburn principles but the next area to be developed was designed following a philosophy of pedestrian supremacy in the housing area with the motorist allowed in on sufferance. This philosophy has continued throughout the further development of runcorn and has attracted considerable interest nationally. Pedestrian supremacy over the motorist is difficult to achieve when following the rules contained in "new streets by-laws" and "roads in urban areas" and the paper seeks to question the validity of these rules in modern housing estate layout. It calls for more flexibility for designers working within a framework of three simple rules and for a greater understanding between the engineer and the other professions. (A). /TRRL/

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    Whitehall Technical Press Limited

    Wrotham Place
    Wrotham, Sevenoaks, Kent ME14 1PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • JENKINS, E
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 17-22
  • Serial:
    • Highway Engineer
    • Volume: 22
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: Whitehall Press Limited
    • ISSN: 0306-6452

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1976 12:00AM