The Institution of Highway & Transportation

Manual for Streets 2 - Wider Application of the Principles (2010)

September 28 2010

Streets and roads make up around three-quarters of all public space – their design, appearance, and the way they function have a huge impact on the quality of people’s lives. Manual for Streets 2 - Wider Application of the Principles is the result of collaborative working between the Department for Transport and the transportation industry. It is an excellent demonstration of what can be achieved when Government works in partnership with professional industry representatives.

The aim of the document is to extend the advantages of good design to streets and roads outside residential areas and to provide an environment that improves the quality of life. By rethinking the way high streets and non-trunk roads are designed, the fabric of public spaces and the way people behave can be changed. It means embracing a new approach to design and breaking away from inflexible standards and traditional engineering solutions.

The new guide does not supersede Manual for Streets; rather it explains how the principles of the first document can be applied more widely. The guide further integrates the fundamentals of “Link and Place”, allowing designers to set the right design strategy for the particular nuances of busier streets. It also outlines a process to deliver the Governments new de-cluttering agenda.

The flexible and pragmatic guidance will assist all professionals involved in regeneration, development and highway management with a toolkit of approaches and methods that address the challenges on our busier streets.

For further information about the original Manual for Streets publication, please visit the Department for Transport website


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MfS2  is now available in different formats:

  • Standard paper copy - which can be ordered below
  • High resolution PDF – This version of the document is for companies or organisations and CIHT offer a licence to make the document available to all staff via their internal intranets. The price of this licence and the PDF on a CD is £150 + VAT. You will not be able to print this document. If you are interested in purchasing a copy for your intranet contact the CIHT publications dept:  t: +44 (0) 207 336 1560  or  e: publications@ciht.org.uk
  • Low resolution PDF – A read only electronic copy for individual use on a laptop, which can be ordered below at a cost of £20 + VAT. This will be sent to you via email once payment has been made. You will not be able to print this document


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