Transport innovation in historic towns - conference report

Manual for streets Our marriage to the car has had increasing impact on historic towns over the past four decades and innovation in transport management has been at the heart of the work of EHTF since its earliest days.

The conference held on 29 March in Shrewsbury - the location of one of the original Historic Core Zones projects in 1998 - gave delegates the opportunity to explore some of the innovative ideas which have been pioneered by EHTF member authorities and how they are using the Government's 'Transport Innovation Fund' (TIF) to implement strategies for improvement, not only to traffic management, but to the urban environment in which we live, work and play.

Three TIF schemes, in Shropshire, Cambridgeshire and Durham, were presented, looking at such ideas as the controversial road charging options. Delegates also heard detailed case studies of the work carried out in Ludlow and Oswestry to manage traffic at the same time as achieving improvements to the public realm.

EHTF had looked forward for some time to the publication of the 'Manual for Streets', which replaces DB32 as guidance to planning and highway authorities. As the launch in London coincided with this event, the Chair of EHTF, Brian Human, was able (with the aid of technology and some nifty speed reading!) to give an immediate response to the document which is summarised in the Manual for Streets news article. A full version of this can be seen here.

Walking tours of Shrewsbury, including the Park and Ride scheme, were included in the day's activities, which were preceded by a welcome from Cllr John Everall of Shropshire County Council, which supported the event, and an interesting evening at Tanners winery.

Copies of the power point presentations can be obtained by contacting the EHTF office on 0117 975 0459 or htf@uwe.ac.uk. See the full conference report.