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bridlepathA public bridleway is a way over which the public have the following rights, but no other, to travel on foot and to travel on horseback or leading a horse. Cycling is also permitted, providing cyclists give way to riders and pedestrians.

Public Bridleways are shown as long green dashes on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, or long pink dashes on 1:50,000 maps. A public bridleway is sometimes waymarked using a blue arrow on a metal or plastic disc or by blue paint dots on posts and trees.

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Operation od Traffic Signals During Low Demands

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Traffic signal design is a science that has been developed through decades to a point where the maximum efficiency can be squeezed out of the most congested of junctions. Conflicting needs of all road users are measured, evaluated and optimised such that the ever-increasing and varying demands continue to be managed with ingenuity and perfection. But roads aren’t always busy. In many cases the very justification for signal control is based on a problem that may only exist for a couple of hours each weekday. Even the most congested networks have their quiet moment, yet, in a deserted city at 3 in the morning, signals still cycle for non-existent traffic. Any driver who ventures into this scenario may sit in frustration at a red light while the ‘intelligent’ control system optimises the signals for phantom conflicting demands. In other countries various techniques are applied to ‘demote’ signalised junctions to priority mode of operation, for example the flashing amber on main road/flashing red on minor road employed in some States of the USA, or signals that simply turn off overnight as in parts of Europe.

Research 04/10/12 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
Management of Electronic Traffic Equipment

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This Code of Practice is the first document within the UK which establishes a series of good practice policies and procedures, obtained from experts, on how to effectively manage the maintenance of fixed location electronic traffic control equipment. The growth of technology in the highways sector has led to improvements in congestion control and a reduction in carbon emissions. Adoption of the recommendations within this code will help local authorities achieve delivery of high quality services. This code will become the fourth code within the current suite of codes, and will sit alongside Well-lit Highways, Well-maintained Highways and the Management of Highway Structures.

Primary Doc. 22/09/11 UK Roads Liaison Group Add icon
Highway Asset Management Quick Start Guidance note – getting started

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Highway Asset Management Quick Start Guidance note – getting started sets out a practical means of getting started with asset management, and identifying the sensible steps that should be taken to progress this practice, and in what order should you address these.

General Information 01/10/09 UK Roads Liaison Group Add icon
The British Horse Society Useful Website 01/01/08 CIHT Add icon
Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management Useful Website 01/01/08 CIHT Add icon
DMRB Volume 6 Section - 3 Highway Features: TA 90/05 The Geometric Design of Pedestrian, Cycle and Equestrian Routes

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This Advice Note provides guidance on the geometric design for NMU off-carriageway routes associated with trunk road or motorway improvement schemes.

Primary Doc. 01/02/05 Highways Agency Add icon
Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 4: Warning Signs

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The Traffic Signs Manual is intended to give advice to traffic authorities and their agents on the correct use of signs and road markings. Mandatory requirements are set out in the current version of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions; nothing in the manual can override these. The advice is given to assist authorities in the discharge of their duties under section 122 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, but it is for traffic authorities to determine what signing they consider necessary to meet those duties.

Primary Doc. 01/01/04 Department for Transport Add icon
TAL 03/03 Equestrian Crossings

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Local Transport Note 1/95 (LTN 1/95), The Assessment of Pedestrian Crossings1, gives details of the assessment method for pedestrian crossings. Once a decision has been made to install, Local Transport Note 2/95 (LTN 2/95), The Design of Pedestrian Crossings2, covers design considerations and details. LTN 1/951 notes that facilities for equestrians and cyclists can be assessed in a similar way. Both documents should be read in conjunction with this leaflet, which gives supplementary guidance on equestrian crossings. An equestrian crossing can be for horse and rider alone, or combined with cycle and/or pedestrian facilities.

Primary Doc. 01/03/03 Department for Transport Add icon
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 s. 54 Excepted Highways and Right of Way Legislation 01/01/00 Office of Public Sector Information Add icon
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