Revising Manual for Streets

We're developing a new Manual for Streets. The revised Manual for Streets will update and bring together the existing Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2 under the name 'Manual for Streets'. 

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 as well as economic and social vitality and environmental sustainability. Getting the technical advice right is therefore crucial to deliver better public spaces.




CIHT has been awarded a grant by the Department for Transport to develop a revised Manual for Streets. The revised Manual for Streets will bring together the existing Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2 and will be key guidance for anyone working in the highways and transportation sector. The new guidance 'Manual for Streets' will supersede Manual for Streets (2007) and Manual for Streets 2. 

Manual for Streets (2007) and Manual for Streets 2 (2010) are two complimentary guidance documents for local authorities on designing residential and busier urban streets respectively. 

The current documents are available here:

Manual for Streets (2007)

Manual for Streets 2 (2010)


Why is Manual for Streets being updated?

There are good reasons why a new Manual for Streets is now being developed. The current documents are referred to by practitioners and developers across the sector, but their use is not widespread, the first document was published 13 years ago and a lot has happened since including changes to the planning framework. 

Recent reports have also evidenced that streets and public spaces are not being build to a satisfactory standard and that updated and more widespread use of Manual for Streets is an important part of improving that.

A Housing Design Audit for England, also reported by the BBC, which surveyed 142 developments found that these were almost two-and-half times more likely to deliver high-scoring and good developments when making use of the Manual for Streets guidance. The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission also concluded in its final report that there is an important need to improve and update the government's guidance on street design. 


Anticipated timeline

CIHT are in the process of appointing a consultant. The consultant will be appointed in November 2020. The revised Manual for Streets will be developed between November 2020 and January 2022 where it is expected to be published. 


Consultant appointment

CIHT will be appointing a consultant to develop Manual for Streets via a specific competitive commission for the work. The responsibilities of the consultant will be to provide consistent management of the project and managing all aspects of developing the content. The content will be developed from existing and new guidance arising from several sources. 

Details about the tendering process including what we're seeking for the expressions of interest will be published shortly. Those details will be available on this webpage. If you would like to be contacted directly with regards to these details please send an e-mail to


Invitation for Expressions of Interest

The full Invitation for Expressions of Interest document is available here:

Revising Manual for Streets - EOI


How can I get involved?

Developing a new Manual for Streets will require extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. If you are interested in getting involved please send an e-mail to:

Details of how and when there will be opportunities to give your input in to the project will be announced in due course. 


Webinar - Understanding CIHT's approach to updating Manual for Streets 15 July 2020

Related publications

CIHT's series of publications Streets and Transport in the Urban Environment is a range of guidelines based upon work carried out over the last few years in updating elements of the publication 'Transport in the Urban Environment' (1997) to assist professionals in implementing 'Manual for Streets'.

The new Manual for Streets will take account of the advice guidance from these publications. 

Access the publications here.


If you wish to get in contact about Manual for Streets please e-mail: