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Why do we need road safety improvement schemes?

Traffic schemes are introduced to solve problems on one or more roads. The need for a scheme can be identified by a bad accident record or the concerns of residents that prompts an investigation. Due to limited financial resources, priority is given to the worst problems first.

Our aims are:

  • To improve road safety and reduce accident severity
  • To control traffic flow and the quality of the environment over a wide area

What types of improvement can we introduce?

Road humps
Please see speed humps.

Chicanes are intended to reduce traffic speed by reducing the roads width throughout a short length. They introduce a physical deflection into the vehicles path, forcing the driver to slow down.
Kerb build outs
At some road junctions visibility is often reduced because of the shape of the road or because of parked cars. Building out the kerb into the road can help solve this problem. It provides protection for motorists emerging from a side road as they can safely pull further out to see, and be seen. Pedestrians are similarly protected, have more space to stand and can also see and be seen better. Cars are forced to park further from a junction or crossing point.

Width restrictions
Width restrictions are a means of restricting access for large vehicles. Posts, bollards or kerbs are placed in the road so that wide vehicles cannot pass between them. There must be an alternative route available for large vehicles such as refuse collection vehicles and this sometimes limits their application in residential areas.

One Way streets and No Entry
These help control traffic movement without completely restricting access. They can help to stop commuter "rat-runs" which occur. One-way working may be for the whole length of a street, or in a short length at one end.
A suitable alternative route must be identified and available for traffic travelling in the opposite direction. This alternative would quite often be another residential road, which may in turn create problems for another group of residents.
Prohibition of Driving orders (road closures)
These are an effective way of stopping all through traffic movements. Roads are usually closed by kerbs and bollards. This can have a detrimental effect on emergency access by Police, Fire and Ambulance vehicles.
No Entry except for access
Residents will often request signs to prevent entry to their road, with an exemption for access. Whilst these can legally be provided, they are rarely installed these days. The signs are reliant upon the police to enforce and require a Police Officer to witness the driver enter the road, and exit the other end without stopping. Without police enforcement, drivers quickly realise that there is nothing to stop them from using the road as a rat-run.

Mini roundabouts
Mini roundabouts are introduced both as a means of reducing accidents, by slowing traffic, and to assist right turning movements. Their advantage over full size roundabouts is that they can often be accommodated within the existing road space, without expensive road widening.
Pedestrian crossings
Please see Pedestrian crossings.
Traffic islands/pedestrian refuges
Where a formal pedestrian crossing is not justified these can be installed. They assist pedestrians by letting them cross the road in two stages. The restriction to the use of this measure is the width of the carriageway. It must be at least 7.8m wide to allow for the island and two lanes of traffic.

Junction entry treatments
A junction entry treatment is a coloured area of tarmac (usually red) placed across the road at a junction. The object is to show motorists that they are leaving a main road and entering a residential area and to raise the priority for pedestrians crossing the junction. This treatment often has a speed table, kerb build out and gateway features.

Carriageway markings are a cheap and cost effective way of reducing accidents. At junctions they provide an indication of priorities, and as centre or lane lines, they indicate the best line for vehicles to follow. White markings are generally advisory.
Lane arrows are used on the approaches to traffic signalled junctions to indicate which lane should be used for turning and straight ahead movements. Lane arrows are generally not permitted on the approaches to roundabouts. SLOW markings are often used on the approach to a hazard.
Areas of central cross hatching, commonly called "ghost island" markings, are useful as a means of reducing accidents by separating on-coming traffic, reducing traffic speed and providing safe right turning areas.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

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