Road space reallocation best practices: a case study in Portsmouth

Smith, Francesca (2016) Road space reallocation best practices: a case study in Portsmouth. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Road space reallocation is being considered as a way to tackle the increasing issues that towns and cities are facing with congestion and car dominance. However, little research has been conducted on the comparison of different road space reallocation measures. This research investigates the best practices in road space reallocation and applies them to a case study of Portsmouth.
    A review of international literature focused on different aspects of road space reallocation design, including safety, traffic flow and sustainability. A matrix was formed based on weightings for different attributes and came to the conclusion that the introduction of cycle lanes has the highest overall benefit as a road space reallocation scheme.
    Based on the best practice, a scheme was designed for a section of Fratton Road in Portsmouth. A postal questionnaire was targeted at local residents which received 32 responses, whilst five interviews were carried out with industry professionals. Opinions on the design were gathered and analysed to determine the success and potential for this design to be implemented in other towns and cities.
    It was found that, whilst there were mixed opinions on the Fratton Road scheme, the majority of the residents asked would like to see more road space reallocation schemes implemented in Portsmouth. The industry professionals voiced various concerns, including the enforcement of the scheme but thought that road space reallocation measures are beneficial to tackling traffic issues. It was also determined that the transferability of road space reallocation schemes to other towns and cities may be difficult.
    It is recommended that further research should be conducted in this area, with regards to the location and the implementation of other road space reallocation methods. Research into a scheme that extends the proposed cycle lanes may prove beneficial.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 12:26
    Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 12:26

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