Traffic management

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Traffic management - one-way working

A section of road is designated One Way and one end is signed ‘No Entry’.

Advantages

  • Removal of conflict, especially important in a narrow road with heavy on-street parking.
  • Prevention of ‘rat running’ in one direction.
  • Safer for pedestrians to cross the road 
  • No loss of on-street parking.

Disadvantages

  • Greater temptation to drivers to abuse the ‘no entry’ because the one-way working is only for a short distance.
  • Traffic transfers onto adjacent roads often results in increased traffic speed.

Traffic management – no entry plug

Consists of a kerb build out across half the width of the carriageway and a short section of one-way working on the remaining carriageway alongside.

Advantages

  • Emergency service vehicles are not restricted.
  • Pedal cycles are not restricted.
  • May prevent ‘rat running’.
  • Less restrictive for residents 

Disadvantages

  • Greater temptation to drivers to abuse the ‘no entry’ because the one-way working is only for a short distance.
  • Traffic transfer onto adjacent roads.
  • Possible loss of on-street parking.

Traffic management - road closure

Advantages

  • Stops ‘through traffic’.
  • Service vehicles can gain access through the closure by means of a gate or lockable bollard.
  • Pedal cyclists can be given access through the closure.

Disadvantages

  • A turning head is required near the closure.
  • Loss of on street parking at turning head.
  • Emergency services are delayed when locking/unlocking bollards.
  • Can be seen as a division of the community.
  • Traffic is transferred to other roads.
  • Journey times are lengthened due to necessary detours and local access affected.

Traffic management -physical width restriction

Consists of a physical restriction, which prevents vehicles over a certain width, usually 7 feet, from passing through a road.

Advantages

  • Physically restricts lorry movements and allows emergency vehicle access.

Disadvantages

  • Location is restricted by the need for a turning head to allow large vehicles that have a legitimate reason for being in that road to turn around e.g. refuse, delivery and removal lorries to turn around.
  • Emergency services are delayed when unlocking and relocating the posts

 

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