Making roads fit in with their surroundings

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Dan and Bex are finding out what makes a GREAT road. Today they’re thinking about the design of the road and how the best roads fit into local areas.

Let’s start at the beginning. If you’re designing a house with LEGO, there are some basic things you’ll need to include.

Road designers also have building blocks. They follow some basic rules which help ensure roads do their job, and those rules might change as roads change.

The building blocks of road design are things like the width of the road, where junctions should be, what speeds are permitted and where the signs, road markings and things like street lighting should go.

The design of a road is not only about how wide it is and how many lamp posts are needed.  What is of utmost importance is how it sits in the places through which it passes.  Put simply, it has to fit in! 

Cobbles might have been a little bumpy but they really evoke the sense of history – and actually do a good job at keeping speeds down around pedestrians. 

We’re on our way to a much more modern road but one that still manages to keep a foot in the past… 

This is the A590 in Cumbria. Dry stone walls are a traditional type of building you find around this area.

By using the same technique – building dry stone walls alongside the roads, you get a sense of place and what’s gone before.

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What a Great Road with support from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

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