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Trunk Road and Motorway Tourist Signposting: Policy and Guidance

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This policy document contains guidance on the provision of tourist destination signs (white lettering on a brown background) on the all-purpose and motorway trunk road network in Scotland.

Primary Doc. 01/09/06 Add icon
Road Furniture in the Countryside: Guidance for Road and Planning Authorities and Statutory Undertakers

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There is growing concern about the visual effects caused by the proliferation of signs and other items along roads in the Scottish countryside. While this is not necessarily a major problem in all areas at the moment, it threatens to become so as more and more elements are added to roadside landscapes. Many of these elements are there to help with road safety and it is understandable and right that road authorities consider this one of their main priorities. The scenery of Scotland is one of its main assets and attracts many visitors. The majority tour the country by road and consequently see much of the landscape from the road corridor. Road users need the safety messages and other information provided by road furniture but, ideally, its intrusive effects should not diminish their experience of the countryside. It is possible to maintain adequate levels of information whilst also respecting the quality of rural scenery. This document explores how this can be achieved.

Primary Doc. 20/07/06 Add icon
Disability Discrimination Act: Good Practice Guide for Roads

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This Good Practice Guide contains Transport Scotland’s requirements for inclusive design in the construction, operation and maintenance of road infrastructure. Inclusive design is an approach which aims to create environments which can be used by everyone regardless of age or disability. The Guide provides practitioners with current international good practice and advice on providing for the needs of people with sensory, cognitive and physical impairments, within the road environment. Where the guidance and design standards presented conflict with the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB), this Good Practice Guide takes precedence. The Good Practice Guide is targeted at everyone who makes design and management decisions which affect the road network. This includes external consultants and contractors as well as Transport Scotland staff.

Secondary Doc. 01/09/09 Add icon
High Wind Strategy and National Wind Management Guidelines

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The incidences of high wind on exposed sections of any road network can result in severe disruption and danger to road users. There are a number of locations throughout Scotland where the effect of high wind has had adverse consequences on congestion, the safety of the travelling public, journey time reliability and on the economies of the affected area and the country as a whole. Transport Scotland, the national transport authority and an agency of the Scottish Government, has developed robust and proportionate wind management procedures with its Operating Companies and the local polices forces for a number of sections of the trunk road network. However, it is recognised that the severe disruption and inherent danger to road users caused by high wind can occur anywhere on the Scottish road network. Indeed, the two existing Scottish non-trunk bridge boards (Tay Road Bridge Joint Board and the Forth Estuary Transport Authority) operate site specific procedures to manage the impact of high wind on their associated structures. As part of its commitment to improving journey time reliability by reducing congestion and increasing safety, Transport Scotland is implementing its strategy for managing the impacts of high winds on the trunk road network. Through analysis of meteorological and incident data, coupled with stakeholder consultation, the agency will undertake regular reviews of the network to identify locations where they determine that wind management procedures require to be developed in accordance with the guidelines detailed within this document.

Secondary Doc. 01/05/09 Add icon
Safer Winter Driving Secondary Doc. 22/01/08 Add icon
Guidance on the Compulsory Purchase Process and Compensation

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This guide provides information and advice about statutory procedures that Scottish Ministers must follow for the compulsory purchase process and compensation for property purchase. It is prepared for people who have property, farms or businesses which are directly affected by a road project scheme.

Primary Doc. 25/09/07 Add icon
Development Management Guidance

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This document sets out the approach to be adopted by Transport Scotland in regard to their Development Management and Development Plan responsibilities when engaging with the development community in Scotland. The guidance is intended to assist everyone involved in the planning/development process in Scotland but particularly Local Authorities, Consultants and major developers.

Primary Doc. 29/03/07 Add icon
Buses for Scotland: Park and ride for Buses - A National Framework

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The aim of this Framework is to assist Authorities and bus operators on approaches to the development of Park & Ride facilities.

Secondary Doc. 29/06/09 Add icon
Planning Enforcement Charter: A guide to enforcing planning controls

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Planning permission is required for most development that takes place in Scotland, with the exception of some minor works. Sometimes, however, developers or householders undertake work without planning permission or fail to keep to the permission they have been given. Councils have powers to enforce planning controls in such cases, if they consider it is in the public interest to do so. Councils monitor developments to ensure planning controls are being followed but there is also a role for the public in alerting the council to any problems they become aware of. This Charter explains how the enforcement process works, the role of the Council and the service standards it sets itself. It also explains what happens at each stage of what can be a lengthy process.

Secondary Doc. 17/12/09 Add icon
Scottish Transport Appraisal Guide

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Scottish Transport Appraisal GuidanceTransport Scotland has completed a refresh of the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) with the aim of making it more user-friendly and easier to understand. The result is this refreshed version of The Guidance, which continues to represent best practice in transport appraisal. The Guidance is supported by a Technical Database which provides detailed guidance on the methodology and reporting structure to be used when completing a STAG appraisal. The communication of future updates, known as Business as Usual updates, will be made available through the Technical Database.

Secondary Doc. 01/06/08 Add icon
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