MOTORWAY SERVICES AREAS: THE ROLE OF THE HIGHWAYS AGENCY

The Highway Agency's role in the operation of motorway service areas (MSAs) since their transfer to the private sector in 1992 is discussed. In particular, parking standards, turn-in rates and on-line as opposed to off-line MSAa are considered. Parking standards set out in Circular 1/94 are based on the new policy that MSAs would be allowed at intervals of 15 miles rather than 30 and assessed at a percentage of passing traffic. Reasons to depart from the standard parking requirements are considered. The advantages and disadvantages of on-line and junction MSAs are discussed. The author considers the lack of evidence on the impact of MSAs but cannot foresee the Agency funding any research on the topic. It is also unlikely to be involved in identifying future sites. For the covering abstract see IRRD 876474.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722300
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM