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Buses - Best practice

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Best practice and policy guidance for bus and coach operators; including licensing and registration, concession fares, tackling anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, and explanations of the operators grants that are available.

Primary Doc. 02/11/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Planning for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

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Traffic Commissioners have been working closely with road transport trade associations and Transport for London to offer practical advice to help road haulage operators plan for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of this, during October and November 2011, Traffic Commissioners will be writing to all road haulage operators who have environmental conditions attached to one or more operating centres on their operators licence to ensure those businesses are planning for the Games, given the additional restrictions they have on their operations, and to encourage them to start planning now.

General Information 01/11/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Transport Winter Resilience

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Emergency preparation Preparing for Emergencies helps individuals and communities be better prepared to deal with the impacts of emergencies. UK resilience contains emergency planning guidance and information for government organisations for a wide number of potential crises.

General Information 31/10/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Shared Space Local Transport Note 1/11

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Shared space is a design approach that seeks to change the way streets operate by reducing the dominance of motor vehicles, primarily through lower speeds and encouraging drivers to behave more accommodatingly towards pedestrians. In the UK, shared space is usually applied to links and minor junctions with the aim of allowing pedestrians to move more freely within the space. This Local Transport Note (LTN) focuses on High Street environments, but many of its principles will apply to other types of shared space.

Research 20/10/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Annual bus statistics 2010/11

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This publication presents a range of statistics on the local bus sector in Great Britain in 2010/11, including passenger journeys, vehicle miles and levels of government support. Most of the data are derived from the Department’s main annual survey of bus and coach operators.

Research 20/10/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Signing the Way

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Great Britain has one of the safest road networks in the world and the quality and clarity of our traffic signs make a significant contribution to this. The Department for Transport has now completed the most significant review of traffic signs for over forty years to ensure that this traffic sign system continues to meet the needs of road users now and in the future. I am pleased to announce that the Department is today publishing the policy document, "Signing the Way", which sets out the findings of the review. This document provides a framework for a new traffic sign system which retains national consistency, but reduces central government involvement in local decisions, reducing costs and giving local authorities the flexibility to respond to local needs. It also sets out our proposals for streamlining the Traffic Regulation Order process which would reduce costs and time. The review recognises that our travel behaviour is changing and that people are being encouraged to cycle and to walk where practical. The traffic sign system needs to reflect these changes and this review will ensure that our traffic signs meet the needs of all road users. Traffic signs also directly affect how much clutter there is on our roads. While road users require traffic signs to undertake their journeys safely and legally, too much signing creates an untidy, unattractive and confusing environment. The review sets out measures to reduce the number of signs on the road and provides advice to local authorities on removing unnecessary signing. The Review requires a major update of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions and the Department is proceeding with this work as a priority. In the interim, we will deliver changes where possible through the Secretary of State's traffic signs authorisation process.

Research 13/10/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2010 Annual Report

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This publication presents detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties and factors which may contribute to accidents. In addition to detailed tables there are six articles containing further analysis on specific road safety topics. Most of the statistics in the publication are based on information about accidents reported to the police. However, other sources such as mortality, survey and hospital data are also used as well as population and traffic data to provide a wider context.

Research 29/09/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Green light for light rail

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This report considers how the capital costs of light rail schemes can be reduced. It looks at putting light rail in a better place to compete for funds against other modes of transport and enabling the expansion of light rail systems at minimum additional cost. Subjects: Consumers, business and industry; Economics and finance; Environmental protection; Government and public administration; Performance management; Transport and infrastructure

Primary Doc. 20/09/11 Department for Transport Add icon
LTN 1/12 Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians and Cyclists

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Shared use routes are designed to accommodate the movement of pedestrians and cyclists. Shared use schemes require careful consideration and this Local Transport Note provides advice on their planning, design and provision. It suggests a scheme development process to help in deciding if shared use is appropriate for any given situation and stresses the importance of high quality inclusive design that addresses the needs of all users. It places particular emphasis on involving users, residents, and other stakeholders in the design process.

Research 13/09/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Assessing the perceived safety risk from quiet electric and hybrid vehicles to vision impaired pedestrians

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Over 90% of the UK population hears traffic noise at home and approximately 10% regard this exposure as highly annoying. The Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC aims to prevent/reduce environmental noise from sources such as road traffic where necessary and preserve noise quality where it is good. Potential mechanisms for achieving this include the increased use of quieter vehicles (through reduced powertrain and tyre noise) and low-noise road surfaces. One option for quieter vehicles is the use of vehicles powered by electric motors, either fully electric or hybrid vehicles running in electric mode. However, groups representing the vision-impaired, both in the UK and internationally, have raised concerns that, due to their low noise, such vehicles may pose an increased accident risk to vision-impaired pedestrians. The Department for Transport has commissioned TRL to investigate the accident risk posed by such vehicles and compare it with that for equivalent vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines, and to determine whether electric/hybrid vehicles are audibly more difficult to detect. This report presents the findings from the study, based upon a review of accident statistics, a programme of practical measurements to compare the noise of electric/hybrid and internal combustion engine vehicles, and a small-scale subjective assessment of the noise from these vehicles involving visually impaired participants.

Research 01/08/11 Transport Research Laboratory Add icon
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