STRAINS ON COUNTRY LANES

Country lanes in the UK have been popular with walkers, cyclists, and horse riders for many years. However, many of them now have so much car traffic that many non-vehicular users are being driven away from them. Several organisations have already urged a reduction of the number of motor vehicles using country lanes and of the impact of these vehicles. This article examines some traffic calming measures that local authorities are using, to address this problem. Kent County Council is considering using traffic regulation orders, such as weight or width limits at small bridges, and controlling the use of lanes by large vehicles not on essential business in the immediate locality. Measures in the Lake District and other parts of Cumbria include access control, prohibiting particular types of driver, and parking controls limiting roadside parking to specific places for specific users and lengths of time. Several counties are introducing 40mph speed limits on some rural roads. The Countryside Commission has proposed non-vehicular 'greenways' from towns into the countryside. Sustrans is converting canal towpaths and abandoned railways into cycle footpaths. Jersey's Green Lanes have partly similar aims. The article finally outlines a comprehensive set of measures for rural roads, with speed limits ranging from 20mph to 60mph.

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    THE HEMMINGS GROUP LTD

    32 VAUXHALL BRIDGE ROAD
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • Smith, G
  • Publication Date: 1996-7-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 16,18-9
  • Serial:
    • SURVEYOR
    • Volume: 183
    • Issue Number: 5396
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00729232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM