PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and The Built Heritage
Annex A: Traffic Management
A6 The Department has the power to introduce pedestrian zones or vehicle-restricted areas and to introduce traffic-calming measures where appropriate. However there is an increasing recognition that the total exclusion of traffic combined with extensive pedestrianisation can create sterile precincts in some historic areas, particularly at night. In some cases a combination of the above measures may be preferable to allow a safe and balanced mix of pedestrians and motorists, while at the same time maintaining the vitality of the area. Park and Ride or Park and Share schemes may also have a part to play in limiting car access to historic areas.
A7 The Department has the flexibility to use a wide variety of traffic-calming measures, in addition to road humps, to constrain vehicle speeds. These include chicanes, build-outs, pinch points and rumble strips. It is recognised that some designs will be difficult to integrate into an older streetscape and there can be no standard solution. Each feature should relate in its design and materials to the overall townscape to ensure that traffic-calming reinforces rather than diminishes local character. Traffic calming using a combination of traditional materials and devices may help to secure the right balance. The Department will also need to have regard to the needs of people whose mobility is impaired and cyclists.