Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Traffic calming

News analysis

UK perspective

Engineers have responded to the public demand for protection by introducing sleeping policeman, chicanes, markings and kerbing.

Although are not an ideal solution, according to government statistics, they work - and thousands of lives have been saved as a result of their installation.

Yet street furniture can also turn streets into no-go areas for buses and emergency vehicles. Evidence suggests that pollution increases ten-fold as vehicles accelerate and brake between obstacles. Streets are louder, and some residents now even want a return to previous streetscapes.

Netherlands style

A fresh and successful approach to traffic calming in the Netherlands has attracted the attention of urban designers.

Whole towns have seen all evidence of traffic engineering removed.

Drivers and pedestrians must now rely on eye contact to negotiate junctions. Traffic flows have increased and accidents have fallen as drivers are forced to become more alert in their cars.

Pilot schemes in the UK are producing similarly impressive results and local authorities are watching closely.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.