New guidance on street design that aims to breathe new life into communities by creating safe and sustainable environments for residents has been unveiled today by transport minister Gillian Merron.
Manual for Streets, a joint publication between the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities & Local Government aims to reduce the impact of vehicles on residential streets through by giving a high priority to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport. 'Manual for Streets' replaces 'Design Bulletin 32', first published in 1977, and its companion guide 'Places, Streets & Movement'. It promotes street designs which naturally encourage low traffic speeds by geometry and layout rather than relying solely on physical traffic calming measures. The manual does not set out new policy but presents guidance on how to do things differently within the existing policy, technical and legal framework and implements the design policies contained in 'PPS3 Housing'.