Manual for Streets 1 & 2

During the 1990s, planning policy in England and Wales began to encourage the achievement of better quality environments, particularly in new developments. A conflict emerged between this place-led philosophy and rigid highway design standards, which tended to focus on the needs of motor traffic.

A research report for Government, Better Streets, Better Places, written by Phil Jones, recommended that new technical guidance was needed to address this problem, to be entitled Manual for Streets. PJA was subsequently appointed as a key member of the team to produce the new document, which was published in 2007.

Manual for Streets (MfS) is the first highway design document to stress the importance of Place as well as Movement.

Soon after publication of MfS, it became apparent that there was now a significant gap in guidance for busier places, and that a new document was required to ensure that designers did not continue to apply rigid and traffic-led guidance to non-residential areas.

MfS2 has been developed to fill this gap. It does not set out new principles; rather it provides detailed guidance on how the guidance contained in the original publication can be applied to highways in busier locations, including urban centres. MfS2 was published by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation in September 2010, and was endorsed by Government.

Phil is now working on an update to the CIHTs comprehensive guide to transport engineering, Transport in the Urban Environment.

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