Planning guidelines for roads

Gerald Rigler made this Freedom of Information request to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council,

It is understood that the bulk of the roads within your area are planned to comply with the Manual for Streets (MfS). Which roads (parts of roads) are designed to comply with the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and how is such a distinction, if it exists, kept valid ?

Yours faithfully,

Gerald Rigler

BCP Council Enquiries, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council,

When will I receive the requested information ? The legal deadline for a reply has now passed

Yours faithfully,

Gerald Rigler

BCP Council Enquiries, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Mr Rigler,

Information Request

Thank you for your information request received by BCP Council. In your request you refer to the information being requested previously, but unfortunately we have no record of a previous request, if we had we would have responded to you.

Although you have indicated that you wish to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Council is of the view that this is an enquiry.

The legislation provides a right of access to recorded business information held by public bodies. Your request does not require the provision of, or reference to recorded information held by the Council.

In view of this it will be treated as a routine enquiry. This is in accordance with the guidance given in the Information Commissioner’s Office publication 'Freedom of Information & Environmental Information Regulations – Hints for Practitioners handling FOI/EIR requests', which states on page 6:

"Requests which are not for recorded information, but instead ask questions, such as "please explain your policy on x" or "please explain your decision to do y" are not requests for recorded information and therefore should be treated as routine correspondence".

This publication is available on the ICO website, and can be accessed via the following link: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

We have therefore forwarded your enquiry to the Traffic and Road Safety Manager who will respond to you in due course.

Yours sincerely

Jane Duckworth
Business Co-ordination Officer
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Dear DEV&ENV-FOI & Complaints,

Thank you for your help and guidance concerning the issue that I relates to the information I am seeking.
I shall now look forward to the requested information via the route you have kindly outlined. It would be helpful to know what response time could be involved since the matter is of some importance to the advice being prepared for BCP Council.

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Rigler

Richard Pearson, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Dear Mr Rigler

Thank you for your request below.

I am sorry to appear vague however the Council does not categorise its roads in terms of which parts comply with Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) or Manual for Streets (MfS). Therefore there is no empiric answer.

Before the last century roads were maintained by the frontager and so no real design standard was applied to them. Subsequently Acts of Parliament were passed that meant that areas regarded as Public Highway were transferred to and became the responsibility of the Council. This is where the Public Highway originated. Over the years some roads have been improved, some not and some new roads have been added to the road network. Over the years the design standards and legal requirements have also changed and evolved. I hope this explains why there is no one standard that applies to our road network.

Certain aspects of road management are set down in legislation. This includes signage. Currently, the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 apply, and therefore all roads should comply to the current legislation in that regard although even that legal requirement has also been developed over time.

As a general principle, trunk or strategic roads, ie more major roads, often with higher speed restrictions, are designed to DMRB. Other residential and more minor roads are now usually designed to MfS. Of course this does not mean all roads fit neatly into those categories as they are currently configured because of the historical context of their origins. Future improvements may also legitimately seek to change the nature of roads.

DMRB can be characterised as being more suitable for higher speed movement of motorised vehicles. MfS can be characterised as being more about creating roads for all classes of user, including cyclists and pedestrians.

Road designers have to consider the relevance of DMRB and MsF to the particular locations they are working on however there are a large number of standards, guidance and legal requirements to consider when designing a road, and not just these two documents.

In BCP we have a largely urban area with speed restrictions of 40mph and below and therefore most of our new schemes are designed to the principles contained within MfS. This is in the context that our Transport Plan that seeks to make our roads more suitable for sustainable travel including cycling and walking due to the traffic, health and environmental benefit of those modes. We have some dual carriageways and these are typically designed to DMRB with speed limits of 40mph and above.

Therefore there is no absolute answer to your question however I hope this response is of some interest.

Kind Regards

Richard

Richard Pearson BEng (Hons) CEng FICE MCIHT DMS
Highway Design and Road Safety Manager
Growth and Infrastructure
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