1 Introduction

1 Introduction

This Good Practice Guide contains Transport Scotland's requirements for inclusive design in the construction, operation and maintenance of road infrastructure. Inclusive design is an approach which aims to create environments which can be used by everyone regardless of age or disability.

The Guide provides practitioners with current international good practice and advice on providing for the needs of people with sensory, cognitive and physical impairments, within the road environment. Where the guidance and design standards presented here conflict with the 'Design Manual for Roads and Bridges' (DMRB), this Good Practice Guide takes precedence. For implementation and Departures from Standard refer to Section 3.6 and Section 3.7.

The Good Practice Guide is targeted at everyone who makes design and management decisions which affect the road network. This includes external consultants and contractors as well as Transport Scotland staff.

Production of the Good Practice Guide is one of the objectives of Transport Scotland's Trunk Road Disability Equality Scheme and Action Plan, 'Roads for All', published in December 2006.

The Action Plan sets out the following objectives:

  • To make Scotland's trunk road network safer and more accessible for all users by the removal of barriers to movement along and across trunk roads;
  • To develop all professional and technical staff involved in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the trunk road network to recognise and understand the needs of disabled people;
  • To ensure the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the trunk road network meets the needs of disabled people through the involvement of disabled people in the development of good practice guidance;
  • To make facilities and services more accessible from the trunk road network;
  • To make journeys secure and comfortable for all by working with other service providers and utilising appropriate technology;
  • To promote journeys by public transport by working with local authorities, regional transport partnerships and operators to improve access, facilities and information at bus stops etc. directly accessed from trunk roads.

It should be noted that in order to take full account of the needs of disabled people legislation permits treating disabled people more favourably than others.