IN SEARCH OF A NEW CAPACITY FORMULA FOR CONVENTIONAL ROUNDABOUTS

Traffic flow data from 21 roundabout 'weaving' sections have been analysed to check the validity of Wardrop's formula for the design of conventional roundabouts, and to search for improved methods of capacity prediction. On average, capacities were eight per cent below the 'practical capacity' predicted by Wardrop's formula. The proportion of weaving traffic made no significant contribution to accuracy: with this factor removed, a revised version of the formula was developed and has already been published in the Department of the Environment Technical memorandum H2/75. Further work centered around the fitting of a linear relationship between traffic entering the roundabout from a saturated approach, and that already in the circulating carriageway. The relationship was defined by the intercept on the entry flow axis and the slope, which was almost always significantly shallower than -1. Regression techniques were used to develop provisional equations predicting, from the geometry of each section, values for the intercept and slope. Results showed a moderate (but non-significant) improvement over the original and revised versions of Wardrop's formula in terms of between-sites variation, and a considerably improved representation of the within-sites variation. Further checks will be made against more data now being obtained. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory

    Old Wokingham Road
    Crowthorne RG11 6AU, Berkshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Philbrick, M J
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00164283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL 773 Monograph
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1978 12:00AM