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New guidelines will be produced for the design of UK residential streets with the production of 'Manual for Streets'. The measures taken by county council highways officers in Kent to improve safety are described. These include the introduction of roads with a low visibility distance for drivers, the introduction of shared space, and tighter roads. The 'Kent design guide' allows 3m road widths for residential lanes. Ensuring access for refuse trucks and emergency vehicles has meant that engineers resisted widths of less than 4.8m. Shared space areas with no pedestrian vehicle separation make it easier to reduce the highway space. Developments in Kent tend to have an element of on-street parking as residents under-use garage parking. In Northampton, proposals for a 1380-home development challenged traditional thinking on road layout. It was proposed that a line of trees be placed in the middle of a dual carriageway adjacent to the development to reduce speeds from 60 mph to 30 mph and to allow pedestrians to cross. Trees were used in the layout of crossroads to minimise the risk of vehicle collisions. Granite will be used to provide parking demarcation. Devon County Council has introduced principles from the 'Manual for Streets' in the development of two new towns: Cranbrook and Sherford.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 14-6
  • Serial:
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01061113
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 2:25PM