Project: Quiet Lanes Study

Reference: UG315

Last update: 25/09/2007 16:28:17

Objectives

The objective of this project is to monitor whether the concept of 'Quiet Lanes' is successful, or not, in assisting rural authorities wishing to reduce the impact of through or fast traffic on lanes more suitable for pedestrians and horse-riders etc. This project will also monitor 'before/after'. Extended to also monitor a traffic calming scheme in Bird Lane, Brentwood.

Description

The Quiet Lanes initiative, is being promoted by the Countryside Agency, and is intended to make selected country lanes more attractive for walking, cycling, horse riding, in the interests of a more tranquil and attractive rural environment. The project, through monitoring work in co-operation with the local authorities involved and the Countryside Agency, will obtain comprehensive information on the quiet lane schemes being piloted in Norfolk and Kent. It will provide information on any modal change that may take place and endeavour to assess the success or otherwise of the schemes for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. It will make recommendations and provide guidance on the implementation of future quiet lane schemes. Results will be disseminated through reports, T A Leaflets and presentations.

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £257,900.00

Actual start date: 11 August 2000

Actual completion date: 31 March 2004

Publication(s)

TRL Report 504: Norfolk Quiet Lanes scheme: 'before' monitoring
Author: J Kennedy and A Wheeler
2001
ISBN: 0968-4107

TRL Report 503 Kent Quiet Lanes scheme: 'before' monitoring
Author: J Kennedy and A Wheeler
2001
ISBN: 0968-4107
Source: TRL

Quiet Lane Study: Status Report 1
Author: J Kennedy and L Chinn
August 2001
ISBN: PR/SE/359/01
Source: TRL

Quiet Lane Study: Status Report 2
Author: J Kennedy, L Chinn and A Wheeler
August 2002
ISBN: PR/SE/576/02
Source: TRL

Kent Quiet Lanes scheme: Second year 'after' monitoring
Author: A Wheeler, J Kennedy and L Chinn
August 2002
ISBN: PR/SE/572/02
Source: TRL

Norfolk Quiet Lanes scheme: First year of 'after' monitoring
Author: J Kennedy, A Wheeler and L Chinn
July 2001
ISBN: PR/Se/341/01
Source: TRL

Norfolk Quiet Lanes scheme: Second year of 'after' monitoring
Author: A Wheeler, J Kennedy and L Chinn
July 2002
ISBN: PR/SE/557/02
Source: TRL

Kent Quiet Lanes scheme: First year 'after' monitoring
Author: A Wheeler, J Kennedy, S Buttress and L Chinn
November 2001
ISBN: PR/SE/409/2001
Source: TRL

Norfolk Quiet Lanes scheme: Final Report
Author: JV Kennedy, AH Wheeler and C Inwood
To be published
Source: TRL

Kent Quiet Lanes scheme: Final Report
Author: JV Kennedy, AH Wheeler and C Inwood
To be published
Source: TRL

Summary of results

  1. The monitoring of the Norfolk and Kent Quiet Lanes schemes is now complete. It indicates that vehicle flows have decreased slightly compared to control roads and vehicle speeds have remained largely unchanged. The numbers of non-motorised users have fluctuated but have not been seen to increase significantly. Support for the Quiet Lanes initiative is still high in both areas but a high proportion of respondents thought that it was not working.
    The implementation of a single track road with passing places has reduced flows and speeds in Bird Lane but numbers of non-motorised users have not been seen to increase significantly.