The impact of climate change on environmental assessments is primarily related to flood risk. Rising sea levels and increased rainfall all increase flood risk (and associated water contamination) from the sea, sewers and rivers.
In the world of roads and junctions, changes are occurring at an increasing pace, both in the UK and globally. Gone are the days of the highway engineer churning out ill-considered road schemes that merely serve to increase the number of trips by car each year in our towns and cities.
The effects of climate change, together with recent guidance from the Environment Agency (EA), mean that an increasing number of developers now have to take measures to overcome flood risk issues. This need not be the onerous task it appears to be.
Here in the UK, we’re at something of a crossroads when it comes to emerging policies and standards to tackle air pollution. The policies of the new Mayor of London, coupled with the UK referendum vote to leave the EU, could all have an impact on how we deal with this important topic.
We’re all well aware that demographics have shifted in recent decades and that we’re living longer. We’re also remaining active longer – at work, socially and physically - and that means that there are a growing number of drivers aged over 70 on the roads, travelling to various activities.
Environmental impact has become a key area of focus in the debate over whether Britain should stay in the EU. As with many of the other topics under discussion around the EU referendum, common threads among the claims and counter-claims are:
Technology and road safety have been in the media quite a lot lately. The theme of discussion is often the fact that it’s human, rather than technical error, that is to blame in the majority of accidents and that if you eliminate the human factor, through driverless (autonomous) cars, we can all look forward to much safer travelling.
TSRGD is the common abbreviation for Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions. The TSRGD 2016 prescribes the design and conditions of use of traffic signs that can be lawfully placed on or near roads in England, Scotland and Wales.
Sustainable travel planning is not just a nice idea for green thinking people. It is something that makes solid business sense. Why? Because while sustainable travel is imperative to the future wellbeing of the environment, it also creates more cost effective businesses; businesses with reduced operating costs and a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.