Project: Manual for Streets

Reference: File No. LUT 4/7/5

Last update: 20/02/2008 10:21:51


a) take forward the recommendations of the 2003 report, Better Streets, Better Places, published by ODPM and DfT.

b) To determine how known shortcomings in the design of residential streets and other lightly trafficked local roads, can be remedied with a view to improving the quality of the local street environment and increasing the supply of well designed sustainable housing.


The contractor was required to produce a new guidance document to update the then current guidance (DB32) which was 30 years old. The contract involved some primary research to validate the changes in guidance, mainly the significantly shortened stopping sight distances. The work involved wide ranging consultation with industry to gain general consensus on the guidance, and toward the end of the project, the contractor promulgated the guidance.


WSP Development
54 Hagley Road, Edgbaston , Birmingham, B16 8PE
0121 567 2840

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £401,000.00

Actual start date: 23 May 2005

Actual completion date: 29 March 2007


Manual for Street
Author: DfT
Publication date: 29/03/2007
ISBN: 978-0-7277-3501-0
Source: Thomas Telford Publishing, Thomas Telford Ltd, 1 Heron Quay, London E14 4JD.
More information:

Summary of results

  1. 1. There was considerable scope for reducing the stopping sight distances recommended in DB32, the guidance being superseded by Manual for Streets.

    2. Reducing forward visibility and/or carriageway width encourage drivers to reduce speed.