A systematic approach to rights of way improvement planning

Parkin, John, Christensen, Jo, Bielby, Sally and Moores, Danny (2005) A systematic approach to rights of way improvement planning. Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer, 158 (2). pp. 123-128. ISSN 0965-0903

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The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 created the legal basis for Rights of Way Improvement Plans (ROWIPs). A systematic approach to the development of these plans has been developed through work on a pilot in Cheshire. A topic reviewed more closely was the way in which a ROWIP might encourage use of sustainable modes of transport. The pilot project comprised extensive user surveys, the results of which were then reviewed in the light of a walk-over survey. Generic classes of improvement have been identified which could assist other Highways Authorities in rights of way improvement plan production. These comprise consideration of anomalies between the legal record and the routes on the ground, changes to legal rights, formation of links in the network to connect to other transport nodes and rights of way, creation of circular routes, extension of the network for comprehensive coverage, surface improvements and safety enhancements and user awareness raising of journey possibilities. The genesis of the systematic approach is discussed and comments made on its validity and applicability particularly differentiating between deeply rural and semi-urban areas. Survey and assessment techniques and the appropriate level of detail for user surveys are discussed together with the evaluation of benefits that might arise for different classes of user and journey purposes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of the article published in Proceedings of ICE - Municipal Engineer. Municipal Engineer is published and © Thomas Telford Publishing Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rights of Way,Transport Planning, walking, cycling, sustainable transport
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: School of Engineering > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 10:38
Identification Number: 10.1680/muen.2005.158.2.123
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40

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