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TAL 8/14 Implementing extended working hours at road works

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What you need to take into account if you’re considering extended working hours to reduce overall site occupation times. This guidance focuses on works in urban areas where there is greater need to limit disturbance to residents and others.

Primary Doc. 12/11/14 Department for Transport Add icon
The ITS (UK) 2014 Review

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The 2014 ITS United Kingdom Review contains a wide range of articles by experts on Intelligent Transport Systems topics.

General Information 04/06/14 ITS-UK Add icon
TAL 01/14 Quick guide to temporary white on red signs at road and street works

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White on red signs are often used to cover temporary situations at road works. Practitioners are not always aware that they have the flexibility to create such signs using legends tailored to their particular circumstances. This leaflet reminds practitioners of the options available to them when creating these temporary signs and provides some basic design guidelines.

Primary Doc. 11/04/14 Department for Transport Add icon
Surface Dressing Code of Practice

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This sixth edition of the Code of Practice has been produced by the RSTA Surface Dressing Technical Committee. It has been reviewed in the context of the European Standard for Surface Dressing BS EN 12271 published in September 2006 along with the national guidance document PD6689:2009. This document has been peer reviewed by ADEPT Soils, Materials, Design and Specifications Committee. To the highway engineer, surface dressing offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproofing road surfaces. To obtain the best results it is necessary to give careful consideration to a wide range of detail and to plan and design the work carefully. The speed of the surface dressing operation and the short duration of time during which motorists are inconvenienced is also an important issue. The purposes of surface dressing are to waterproof the road surface, to arrest disintegration, to provide texture, and provide a skid-resistant surface. This latter quality can play a major part in accident reduction and was highlighted by the initiative of the Department of Transport in 1987 when the Minister introduced minimum mean summer SFC values for motorways and trunk roads. The importance of surface texture as provided by surface dressing has been highlighted by TRL report LR 286, which stresses that texture depth is important under both wet and dry conditions. Up to date guidance is available in the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB): Volume 7 HD 28. The DMRB is available on line at A useful way of comparing the effectiveness of a dressing, or other maintenance work, is to express it in terms of a ‘cost life index’. This is the cost per square metre of the work divided by the service life in years. It provides a measure of the “value for money” which the highway authority is achieving. A low ‘cost life index’ and “high value for money” is the result of high-quality work. The purpose of this Code is to identify the important aspects of the process, and to refer to other documents relating to good surface dressing practice and so give practical guidance on achieving high quality.

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Safety at street works and road works: a code of practice 2013

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The statutory ‘Code of practice 2013’ is a revision to the existing ‘Code of practice 2001’. Known informally as the ‘safety code’ or the ‘red book’, it comes into force on 1 October 2014 and provides updated guidance on safe working at street works and road works sites. The code has been designed to make it simpler to follow and the site layout diagrams have been redrawn to make them easier to understand. It encourages safer working practices and there is more emphasis on risk assessment, providing for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, and site-specific design. Additional guidance is given on mobile and short duration works and working near tramways and railways, and advice on high visibility clothing and the signing and visibility requirements for works vehicles has been updated. The code also encourages operatives to think about minimising inconvenience to road users.

Legislation 22/10/13 Department for Transport Add icon
TAL 3/13: traffic bollards and low level traffic signs

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Discusses the advantages of traffic bollards in certain circumstances, whilst recognising that their over provision can have an unduly negative effect on streetscape and energy consumption. Provides advice on the use of traffic bollards and associated signing for roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or lower and discusses alternatives such as low level signs. It does not cover bollards used to control access or to prevent footway parking or overrunning.

Primary Doc. 23/09/13 Department for Transport Add icon
Circular 02/2013 The Strategic Road Network & Delivery of Sustainable Development

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The new policy replaces Circular 02/2007 Planning and the Strategic Road Network, and DfT Circular 01/2008 Policy on Service Areas and other Roadside Facilities on Motorways and All-purpose Trunk Roads in England.

Primary Doc. 11/09/13 Department for Transport Add icon
Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 7: The Design of Traffic Signs (2013)

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UPDATED - Chapter 7 of the Manual is concerned with the design of traffic sign faces. The current edition was last updated in 2003. The changes give highway authorities guidance on how best to incorporate dual unit height limit warning information, and revised weight limits, on directional signs.

Primary Doc. 31/07/13 Department for Transport Add icon
Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 4: Warning Signs (2013)

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2013 UPDATE - Through the Traffic Signs Manual, the Department for Transport provides guidance to traffic authorities and sign designers on good practice in respect of the design and use of traffic signs in order to provide appropriate and adequate information for road users. The Manual is published by TSO as a number of discrete chapters each of which deals with a specific signing topic. We have made changes to Chapter 4 to bring it up to date following the amendments that were made to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002. Chapter 4 of the Manual is concerned with signs that warn road users of hazards ahead and was last updated in 2008. The main changes relate to the signing of low bridges and on using the new triangular warning sign that indicates maximum height in both imperial and metric units. Bridge strikes, where vehicles, their loads or equipment collide with bridges, are a significant and recurring problem and the revised guidance gives highway authorities up to date information and demonstrates the Department’s ongoing commitment to tackling the risk.

Primary Doc. 30/07/13 Department for Transport Add icon
DSOPM004: Pedestrian Crossings

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This I’DGO design guidance relates to relates to pedestrian crossings. It was first published (in print and online) in July 2013 and launched at the annual conference of the Local Government Association. It is part of The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind; a toolkit for those who plan, design and maintain the public realm. It can be used as an aid to assessing the ‘walkability‘ of local neighbourhoods, particularly with regards to pedestrian safety and comfort. The guidance is based on the views over 1,600 pedestrians, street audits and key sources of existing UK guidance. It includes advice on providing accessible crossing amenities that send out a consistent message to all users and flags the importance of raising awareness among pedestrians as to how crossings work and why.

Secondary Doc. 02/07/13 Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) Add icon
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