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Estimating Price Guide for Path Projects_Dec 2019 (Paths for All)
The price guide is divided up into specific sections to help the user select and cost different types of work - site clearance, removing old structure, earthworks, drainage, path surfaces, boardwalks and bridges, and more.... All of the prices in the guide are based on the cost of a contractor carrying out the work. Prices were correct at December 2019.

Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces Dec 2021

This document is a guide to best practice on the use of tactile paving surfaces.It supersedes the Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces published by the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions in 1998. It does not alter the principles set out in the original guidance document which explained the background and how it was developed.

This update includes responses to some recommendations of research carried out as a commitment in the Department for Transport’s Inclusive Transport Strategy of 2018, and following engagement with disabled people, representative groups, and with practitioners. The research report is also available on the website of the Department for Transport.

Loch Earn Railway Path Phases 1-3 Case Study.pdf

Upland Pathwork - Construction Standards for Scotland (Upland Path Advisory Group)
New 3rd edition good practice guidance manual covering the practical aspects of upland pathwork techniques including drainage, surfacing and site restoration. The manual also covers the basic principles in which the techniques should be used when upland pathworks are carried out.


Cycle by design

Cycle Infrastructure Design (Local Transport Note 2/08, Department of Transport)
Joint guidance between the Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Government and the Department of Transport. Primarily aimed at local authority transport practitioners, it brings together and updates previously available guidance on on-road and off-road cycling provision into a single, comprehensive design guide.

Cycle Infrastructure: Design Guidance and Best Practice (SEStran)
Design and best practice guidance to help local authorities, developers and others involved in providing new cycling infrastructure, whether specifically for cycling or for taking cycling into account for all forms of transportation infrastructure. The guidance provides basic information about cycle auditing and monitoring that can be used to help identify measures to improve a particular infrastructure scheme, a route or part of a network for cycling based on five key principles – coherence, directness, attractiveness, safety and comfort. It also provides basic information about surfaces for both on-road and off-road cycle infrastructure provision.

Cycling infrastructure design

Department for Tranport - local tranport leaflet 1/04 - Village speed limits

Department for Transport - Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 2 - Primary routes destinations in England by region

Department for Transport - Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 3 - regulatory signs

Department for Transport - Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 4 - warning signs

Department for Transport - Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 5 - road markings

Department for Transport - Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 7 The Design of Traffic Signs

Department for Transport - Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 8 (part 1) road works and temporary situations - design (2009)

Department for Transport - Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 8 (part 3) road works and temporary situations


Department of Transport - THE DESIGN OF PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS - Chapter 4

Department of Transport - Traffic Advisory Leaflet 11/94 December 1994 Traffic calming regulations (Scotland)

Deprtment for Transport - Traffic Advisory Leaflet 1/98 February 1998 Speed cushion schemes

Design Manual for Road and Bridge Works - comprehensive technical guidance which is often directly applicable to access


INTERIM ADVICE NOTE 157/11 THIN SURFACE COURSE SYSTEMS - INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE Interim Advice Note 157/11 Thin Surface Course Systems - Installation and maintenance

Manual of Contract Documents - Standard Construction Details

National Cycle Network Guidelines and Practical Details (Sustrans)
Comprehensive guidance and detail set on a design philosophy and criteria for the National Cycle Network that is equally suitable for on-road cycling and off-road cycling infrastructure at a regional and local level.

National Path Demonstration Site (Paths for All)

The National Path Demonstration Site showcases best practice in inclusive design, infrastructure and the management of shared use paths.

This unique site, located at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) Oatridge Campus, is made up of several paths constructed using a range of different materials and construction techniques. The site aims to help path projects decide on the best materials and techniques to use for their own unique project. As well as different types of path surface, you'll also find lots of different types of gates, barriers, bridges and signs at the site to look at and try out.

Outdoor Access Design Guide (Paths for All)
Comprehensive manual providing advice on the selection and design of structures that accommodate and assist public access in the countryside. Detailed technical drawings and specifications are available for the construction and installation of gaps and barriers, gates, stiles, steps and ramps, fences, boardwalks and seats and picnic tables.

SEPA Technical Guidance Note On-site management of Japanese Knotweed and associated contaminated soils

Technical Tip of the Month... (Paths for All)
Monthly technical tips providing advice and guidance to help those developing and managing paths.

The Stone Trust - dry stone wall good practice

The Traffic Signs and General Directions 2016

TSRGD 2002 - superseded - working drawings

Walking and cycling infrastructure guidance

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