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TAL ITS 03/03 Integrated Systems - a generic approach

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The leaflet provides an overview of the likely benefits associated with the adoption of integrated systems for traffic management and control in the urban environment. It also outlines the approach and relevant standards that will be required as well as the likely migration paths available to local authorities.

Primary Doc. 01/03/03 Add icon
TAL ITS 02/03 What can ITS Deliver - The Benefits of Investing in ITS

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This leaflet provides a snapshot of current knowledge. The DfT is commissioning a major project to develop cost/benefit information and guidance to support ITS deployment by a range of stakeholder groups, including local authorities. The information referred to in this leaflet provides local authorities with useful guidance until such time as the DfT project has completed.

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TAL ITS 01/03 ITS in Local Government

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This leaflet provides a brief overview of ITS, discussing: • Its role within Transport Policy; • Some reported benefits of ITS; • Examples of DfT ITS initiative; and • ITS Deployment Planning.

Primary Doc. 01/03/03 Add icon
TAL 01/06 General Principles of Traffic Control by Light Signals Part 1

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The primary purpose of traffic control by light signals is to separate conflicting traffic by the division of time, within the available road space, in a safe, efficient and equitable manner. The term “traffic” includes all road users: vehicles, (including cycles), pedestrians and equestrians. Conflict at a junction is manifested as an increase in delay and/or accident rate. At a signal-controlled junction, vehicular traffic is permitted to flow in a strictly controlled manner. The traffic flows, available road space, layout and stage sequences will all affect delay. The successful installation will impose the minimum delay on all traffic, consistent with safety. The designer should have a firm grasp of the relevant current legislation and advice/guidance. The “umbrella” document is TA 841, “The Code of Practice for Traffic Control and Information Systems”, which encourages consideration and documentation of the various safety aspects. Traffic Advisory Leaflet (TAL)2, “Traffic Light Signals - Relevant Publications”, lists both those documents directly associated with the subject and others which practitioners should have knowledge of.

Primary Doc. 01/03/06 Add icon
TAL 05/05 Pedestrian Facilities at Signal-controlled Junctions

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Traffic signal control uses time to separate conflicting traffic flows. The term "traffic" includes all road users: motorists, cyclists, pedestrians (including those who are more vulnerable, i.e. those in wheelchairs, the more elderly etc.) and equestrians. TD50/04, "The Geometric Layout of Signal-Controlled Junctions and Signalised Roundabouts", states that, at a traffic signal installation, "where a pedestrian need is established then appropriate signal controlled facilities should be provided". The "need" can be the result of local measured pedestrian/vehicular volumes, or accident data. However, it could be: part of a plan to encourage walking and/or cycling, part of the local plan, or other local strategy - see Traffic Advisory Leaflet (TAL) 5/03, Walking Bibliography for further information. When a traffic signal installation is being designed, or modified, the extent of traffic usage must be determined and specific measures included unless site considerations warrant their exclusion. No specific details have been included on facilities for cyclists or equestrians. Information is available in TAL's 4/98 Toucan Crossing Development and 3/03 Equestrian Crossings.

Primary Doc. 27/06/05 Add icon
Mini Roundabouts - Good Practice Guidance

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This document seeks to help practitioners understand what a mini-roundabout is and how it should be used. It explains the legislative basis for mini-roundabouts and establishes current practice based upon real examples of installation and lessons learned. This document does not explain how a miniroundabout should be designed; see section 1.4 for further information. The intention is to examine mini-roundabouts in terms of their current use, as a traffic engineering tool. The road markings for a mini-roundabout and related signs are prescribed in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (TSRGD). Detailed guidance on the correct use of these signs and markings can be found in Chapters 3 and 5 of the Traffic Signs Manual.

Primary Doc. 27/11/06 Add icon
TAL 02/06 Speed Assessment Framework

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Balancing the need to travel with the need to improve the quality of life is a key objective of the Department for Transport (DfT). This requires a speed policy that will take account of the contribution of travel speeds to environmental and social objectives as well as to road safety. This Leaflet supplements the guidance on Rural Single Carriageway Roads set out in DfT Circular 01/2006.

Primary Doc. 01/09/06 Add icon
TAL 01/04 Village Speed Limits

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The Government’s road safety strategy ‘Tomorrow’s roads: safer for everyone’ stated that a standard speed limit of 30 mph in villages should be the norm. This guidance seeks to give examples of the measures available to encourage compliance with the limit. This guidance may be suitable for those villages situated on primary routes.

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TAL 09/91 20mph speed limits and zones

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The first three 20 mph speed limits forming zones were implemented in Sheffield, Kingston upon Thames and Norwich, in January 1991. Since then, around 450 zones have been installed in the UK. Until June 1999 specific consent from the Secretary of State was needed. The legislation has now been changed, and local traffic authorities no longer need to obtain the consent of the Secretary of State before implementing 20 mph speed limits. The purpose of this leaflet is to provide advice on how and where to implement 20 mph speed limits and 20 mph zones.

Primary Doc. 01/06/99 Add icon
Adhering to the Speed Limit

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The Government is committed to ensuring that speed limits are complied with and enforced as a means of reducing deaths and injuries on our roads. Speeding is a traffic offence with potentially serious consequences and driving at excessive speeds continues to be a problem that results in accidents, fatalities and serious injuries. That is why there is a speed management policy in place to achieve appropriate vehicle speeds as part of an overall strategy to reduce casualties on the roads.

General Information 15/08/05 Add icon
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