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Important news - Changes to shared space guidance

Department for Transport have requested, that Local Authorities paused the new shared space schemes. These are the schemes which include a level surface, where 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 -

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2. Section 278 Agreement

A Section 278 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an Agreement with the Highway Authority for alterations of the public highway relating to a new development.

For the majority of schemes a Stage 1 and 2 Road Safety Audit is required.  The cost of the audit must be fully borne by the Developer. It is the County Council’s preference for Transport for Buckinghamshire to be used for Road Safety Audits. For further information please email 

Commencement on site will only be permitted once the Agreement is signed, all technical details have been approved and all necessary fees have been paid. 

Section 278 guidance

Application form 

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Last updated: 18 January 2019

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