Project: Pedestrian Infrastructure

Reference: UG91

Last update: 13/01/2004 11:48:41

Objectives

This project has similar objectives to the earlier research in this field; namely to provide guidance to local authorities on issues relating to pedestrian access and infrastructure. The work will entail a number of individual trials assessing equipment and installations at trial sites, mainly relevant to visually impaired pedestrians. Examples are audible crossing locators, shared cycle routes and further work as necessary to support the debate at the ISO on standards. A review of current advice on tactile surfaces is included in the project and advice will be published as each element of the work is completed. The project is also undertaking a review of the infrastructure guidelines for local authorities and this should be available for publication in autumn 2000.

The work on audible crossing locators started in 1996 with a full literature survey and laboratory trials followed this in 1997. Field trials followed in 1998 and further trials, building on the experience gained, will follow in 2000. The trials on shared cycle routes was completed in 1996 and was reported on in late 1997. The work to support the debate within ISO was completed in early 1998.

Description

The work will entail a number of individual trials assessing equipment and installations at trial sites, mainly relevant to visually impaired pedestrians. The project is also undertaking a review of the infrastructure guidelines for local authorities and this should be available for publication in autumn 2000.

Contractor(s)

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

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £308,604.25

Actual start date: 26 September 1995

Actual completion date: 05 December 2002

Publication(s)

TRL Report 287 Delineation for Cyclists and Visually Impaired Pedestrians on Segregated, Shared Routes
Author: T Savill, C Gallon and G McHardy
1997
£25.00
Source: http://www.trl.co.uk/800/SEARCHPUBS.asp?action=report

Draft Guidance on the Use of Tactile Surfaces
Author: DETR publication
1998
Source: Available at http://www.mobility-unit.dtlr.gov.uk

Summary of results

  1. The project was needed to provide technical advice to MIU. As some local authorities have begun to incorporate brass studs in their tactile paving surfaces at pedestrian crossings. Concerns have been expressed about this practice and research was necessary to ascertain the potential hazard.

    The contractor responded to specific request for advice from MIU, This included identifying where studs had been installed, collecting information on their design and layout and surveying visually impaired people, local authorities and some organisations representing people with visual impairments.

    The results will be used to provide guidance to local authorities who are thinking of installing brass studs instead of the more traditional concrete paving slabs.

Departmental Assessment Status: Project completed prior to the implementation of the Departmental publications scheme.