Important news - Changes to shared space guidance
Department for Transport have requested that Local Authorities pause the introduction of new shared space schemes which incorporate a level surface, in which the kerb between the road and the pavement is removed. This pause will allow them to carry out research and produce updated guidance. They have also suspended the guidance note Local Transport Note 1/11: Shared Space while this work takes place.
Buckinghamshire County Council has made the decision to implement the pause on shared space schemes, with the following exemptions:
- Raised junctions, speed tables etc.
- Toucan, pelican crossings etc.
- Cul-de-sacs and closes serving 25 properties or less
- Schemes where the contract to construct has already been awarded
For more information please visit the DfT’s website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy’
4. Road space booking
Buckinghamshire has a vast network of roads linking our towns and villages to strategic/national routes. The County Council, as Highway Authority, manages this network by insisting that all road works are booked onto our road space booking system. This allows us to co-ordinate works effectively to ensure traffic disruption is kept to a minimum and that we can control the road network in times of emergency.
It is an offence under the Traffic Management Act 2004 to carry out works within the public highway without prior consent from the Highway Authority. Works carried out within Buckinghamshire in contravention to this Act with be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice in accordance with the Department for Transport NRSWA 1991: Code of Practise for the Co-ordination of Street Works https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/street-works-co-ordination).
Any works planned within the public highway must have an approved road space booking.
Booking road space avoids conflicts with others planning to do work at the same time and ensures impact to the local vicinity is kept to a minimum.
Please ensure you have the appropriate licence/Agreement in place before booking road space to carry out the works.
Road Space booking fees are currently £150.00 per road space booking. Inaccurate or incomplete applications may cause delays and further fees so please ensure that you have all the relevant documentation when you apply.
Last updated: 1 May 2018