Manual for Streets 2; Wider Application of the Principles

Manual for Streets 2; Wider Application of the Principles


A Young, E Barrie, WSP, UK


Supported by research, this paper develops guidance applicable to designing busier streets ensuring that design quality and place function are at the heart of the decision making process.


It has been 3 years since the Department for Transport published ?Manual for Streets?; the revolutionary guidance that signalled the end of an era of car-dominated street design. This has had a significant impact on professional thinking towards better design of streets and raising of awareness across the professions of the need to give greater priority to design quality and the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Scotland?s own Designing Streets builds on the concepts and principles explored in MFS but takes this further, giving these principles clear policy status.
However, the key focus of Manual for Streets and Designing Streets is towards residential development and while they encourage many of the principles to be more broadly applied, it has become evident that the profession is seeking further guidance on how to extrapolate the principles to other types of street and fall back upon when challenged about their decisions.
In response to these concerns the Institution of Highways and Transportation supported by the Department for Transport, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the County Surveyors Society has commissioned WSP to lead the study for the design of highways that sit between residential streets, covered by MfS and interurban roads, covered by the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. It will look at the need to balance the requirements of a wide cross-section of road users; from pedestrians to lorry drivers to cyclists to those living and running businesses along the routes.
WSP led the research and writing of Manual for Streets and Designing Streets as well as Mixed Priority routes: Practitioners? Guide.
This presentation will examine the scope of the study and the initial findings of additional research. It will also highlight the specific challenges and opportunities for Scotland following on from the launch of Designing Streets.


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