This bulletin discusses the considerations which must be taken into account in the layout of residential roads and footpaths in new housing schemes. Matters of specification and construction will be dealt with in future publications. The introductory part outlines a general approach to the formulation of local guidance. A corporate approach is recommended which strikes a balance between housing, planning and highway objectives and allows for a wide range of options in design. The main text describes the objectives which should normally be aimed at in the layout of residential roads and footpaths. These are set out at the start of each section, and are followed by supporting commentaries which draw on empirical evidence as well as that from current practice. The basic themes considered are: relating the housing scheme to its setting; minimising danger and nuisance from non-access vehicular traffic; reducing vehicle flow and speed; providing for pedestrian movement; making effective provision for off-street parking; providing for vehicular movement; and making provision for statutory and other services. Appendices give information on: sizes of vehicles for use when determining the geometric characteristics of residential access roads; geometric characteristics of vehicles when turning; a method of constructing forward visibility curves on bends; a summary of studies into the use of single-track roads with passing places; considerations for the provision of forward visibility between passing places on narrowed carriageways; and data on vertical curves. There is a further appendix which gives an example of provision for statutory undertakers' services when shared vehicular/pedestrian surfaces are used. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 

    Her Majesty's Stationery Office

    Atlantic Ho, Holborn Viaduct
    London EC1P 1BN,   England 
  • Authors:
    • NOBLE, J
    • Elvin, K
    • Whitaker, R
  • Publication Date: 1977


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00165618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Design Bulletin 32 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1978 12:00AM