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network managementNetwork management refers to the activities, methods, procedures, and tools that pertain to the operation, administration, maintenance and provisioning of a road or highway network. Operation deals with keeping the network, and the services that the network provides, running smoothly. Administration deals with keeping track of resources use, to operate and maintain the road network ,and how they are assigned. Maintenance is concerned with performing repairs and provision is concerned with configuring resources in the network to support a given service.

Documents listed in this section cover Legislative framework, duties and responsibilities (Network Management Duty) and Intervention Criteria. You can refine your search by selecting a narrower topic heading listed below.

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TAL 01/15 Variable Message Signs

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This guidance is to inform about the use of light-emitting variable message signs (VMS) capable of displaying text and pictograms.

Primary Doc. 13/01/15 Department for Transport Add icon
Prevention of Strikes on Bridges - A protocol for Highway Managers & Bridge Owners - Issue 2

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The Protocol gives guidance and advice to Highway Authorities and Bridge Owners to prevent strikes on bridges that span public highways

Primary Doc. 11/07/14 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
Guide to Intelligent Transport Systems for Local Authorities

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An introduction to the use of Intelligent Transport Systems for Local Authority Officers. This Guide is intended for readers who work in transport but are new to ITS as a topic.

General Information 22/05/14 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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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
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
Traffic Management Techniques for Cyclists: Final Report

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This report focuses on a project undertaken for the Department for Transport (Traffic Management Division) in March 2011 entitled Investigation of Options for Traffic Management Techniques for Cyclists at Signallised Junctions in the Urban Environment. It describes the outcome of a desktop study that investigates the techniques that are in common usage both in the UK and overseas for cyclist provision at traffic signals.

Research 24/09/12 Department for Transport Add icon
Reducing Congestion from Highways Works

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Information on the work TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) is conducting on reducing congestion from highways works on behalf of the UK's Department for Transport and Transport for London.

General Information 03/07/12 Transport Research Laboratory Add icon
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