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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 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy

Legislation, policy and guidance

4. Transport modelling

Bucks County Council has developed a suite of transport models which should be used as part of a Transport Assessment (TA) and form part of a strategy by which the transport models are relied upon as the common forecasting tool for all transport processes.

The process was established to ensure that the development and appraisal of Transport Assessments are carried out in an efficient and effective manner utilising common and sound data inputs. These models encompass the geographic areas of:-

  • Aylesbury Vale
  • Buckingham
  • High Wycombe
  • Buckinghamshire Countywide

These models, in simplistic form, aim to predict what will happen if we change something to the road or transport network in the County. Data is fed into the model in order to inform us what will happen for example, to traffic patterns if we built a new bypass, a new housing / employment site or make changes to highway infrastructure.

The need for the models

Transport models are very important. Over the coming decades, thousands more houses and employment sites will be built across the county to meet the demands of a growing population.

Building houses or employment in an area will ultimately affect travel to / from other areas and could potentially impact on large areas of the County’s transport network. This will usually add pressure to existing roads thereby necessitating the need for construction of new roads or other transport infrastructure.

The Buckinghamshire Local Transport Models can assist in planning sustainable locations providing a firm understanding of the impacts of proposed housing growth and transport infrastructure schemes on the environment. The models aim to assist the appraisal of new developments / highway improvements for current as well as future year scenarios through the analysis of:-

  • Traffic flows on particular highway links
  • Link time to determine impacts of congestion
  • Routing information
  • Trips for any given year / scenario
  • Mode, destination and time of day choice

For further information on general modelling queries outside your pre-application process, please contact scraine@buckscc.gov.uk 01296 383067

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Last updated: 30 October 2017

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