Transport and Traffic Management

Transport and Traffic Management

Park Mark® is 10! Safer Parking for everyone.

Imagine if you will arriving at an unfamiliar town or city by car: how do you decide where to park? What do you look for? Somewhere convenient? Somewhere cheap or free? On street? Off-street in a car park? How do you know it's safe?

Park Mark® is the brand of the UK Safer Parking Scheme, launched in 2004 by the BPA who operate the Scheme and is probably the most successful vehicle crime reduction Scheme in the world. It is certainly one which has contributed to a very significant fall in vehicle related crime in the UK over the past 10 years. When choosing where to park, motorists should look out for ParkMark® car parks which means they are Police accredited parking and comprise quality management, appropriate lighting, effective surveillance and a clean environment. They can also search for their nearest Park Mark® car park using the dedicated Scheme website found at

So what has this got to do with Historic Towns? Well my experience has taught me that parking is a means to an end, it is the first and last impression of my ‘destination’; it needs to be good if I’m to contemplate returning there again and again. This is especially true in the retail and commercial world where [hopefully] my custom is valued. It is equally true when I visit an unfamiliar town or city, park at a rail station, or simply spend a day at leisure maybe visiting a historic town. It's an old cliché but the old ones are the best: ‘You only get one chance to make a good first impression!’

Equally important is my need to feel intuitively safe and welcome wherever I choose to park and seeking out ParkMark® supports my desire to achieve that.

Park Mark® is as much about reducing the fear of crime as it is in reducing actual crime in car parks, and ensuring that car parks and properly designed and managed. Practitioners involved in the design of the public realm and who will help to deliver the renaissance of our historic towns and cities must strive to provide parking facilities and controls which balance the need for accessibility to these places with the requirement to preserve or indeed restore the original characteristics that attracted the journey in the first place!

At the BPA we work closely with a multitude of local authorities, businesses and other organisations who deliver parking services throughout the UK. Our aim is simple: ‘Excellence in Parking for All’ and we seek to educate our members in promoting best practice and sharing knowledge. We also work with other organisations and are pleased to be associated with Historic Towns Forum which is a full member of our Parking Forum. The Forum, a multi-agency ‘think tank’, comprises a number of organisations with whom we explore and share information about the way in which parking is enforced, provided, serviced and maintained. I look forward to continuing a conversation with you in the coming months through your newsletter and would welcome any feedback. Please write to me at

Kelvin Reynolds is the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the British Parking Association.

HS2 review report issued

The new chairman of HS2 Ltd, David Higgins, Has published his review of the project including his thoughts on progress so far, its ongoing development and his plans for the future. He recommends that the programme for the northern section should be brought forward with the line from London to Crewe operational by 2027 and phase two completed by 2030 rather than 2033.
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£78m funding for sustainable transport

Local authorities in England have been invited to bid for funding totalling £78m which has been allocated to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Guidance on the operation of the fund has been issues by the DoT and is available on its web site. Individual applications may be for up to £1m for schemes which make it easier and more convenient for people to make their journey from door to door by public transport, cycling or walking. Read more

HS2 benefits doubted

The Public Accounts Committee has issued a report which says that the Department for Transport has failed to present a convincing strategic case for the HS2 rail link. The committee felt that the stated benefits were based on fragile numbers and out of date data, and that the line would not help the growth of regional cities. At the same time the estimated costs have risen to £50bn which, it is argued, could be more effectively used to improve the existing rail network.
A further report on the regional economic impacts of HS2 commissioned by The Department for Transport and written by KPMG has given details of the areas which will suffer financially as a consequence of HS2. The worst affected areas will be;

  • Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray
  • North East
  • Dundee and Angus
  • Cardiff
  • North West

The Government has stressed that HS2 will provide economic benefits to the country overall and that more regions will benefit than will suffer. Read more

Getting it Right

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/01/2012 - 16:15
Date published
Sat, 01/01/1994 - 00:00

Getting it right

This guide sets out to help historic towns and other sensitive destinations coexist with tourism, an industry with a turnover of £30 billion, contributing four per cent of the GNP and supporting close on one and a half million jobs.  The underlying theme throughout this guide is the need to reconcile these very real benefits with the impact on the environment and the host community.  The visitor has not been forgotten either: happy visitors, who take away treasured memories of a place, are a sign of a successful and well managed industry.  Without attention to the needs of hosts, visitors and the environment, tourism's continued grwoth may not be sustainable into the next century. 

Format: PDF

 HTF Members can download this publication for free.

DfT Shared Space report

On 20 October 2011 The Department for Transport published Local Transport Note 01/11 on Shared Space.

The research base (reviewed at the UDG National Conference on Urban Design by Stuart Reid of MVA) shows that sharing is not to do with eye-contact, but is down to a decision by the motorist whether to share; Motorists are more likely to share at slower speeds.  Their willingness to share decreases steadily up till a speed of around 17 mph after which the decline steepens.  The research also found that the appearance of a street strongly influenced drivers’ speed choice and willingness to share.

While Manual for Streets refers to carriageway width and forward visibility as being key factors in influencing speed, the research base TRL 661 found that these factors only accounted for around 20 percent of the variation in drivers’ speeds. The two pieces of research underline the importance of design quality in creating a street environment that looks like a place for people rather than a piece of trunk road infrastructure.

Economic Vision in Historic Towns - planning and regeneration York 20 October 2011

Conference overview - tweets from the day

Speakers' Presentations:

York's success as an historic town (851KB)
Prof Sir Ron Cooke
, Chair, York Civic Society

Vision into practice in historic cores of Great Places (2.23MB)
Kevin Murray
, Chairman, Academy of Urbanism

Future planning for regeneration and wider economic issues in historic towns (1.05MB)
Matthew Spry
, Director, Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

Derry's historic walled town - traffic, parking and people: towards a balance (1.15MB)
Kevin McGovern
, Principal, RPD Consulting (Derry)

Marketing an historic town's USP by foot (2.08MB)
Sue Manley
, Director, PlaceMarque

Regenerating redundant heritage buildings and making them pay (420KB)
Rosi Lister
, Director North, Churches Conservation Trust

THIs and future funding (451KB)
Charlotte Dodgeon
, Programme Manager, Heritage Lottery Fund

THI - a suitable case for regeneration (752KB)
Anna McPherson
, Partner, Drury McPerson Partnership

THI case study - Shepton Mallet (494KB)
Paul Tomlinson
, Conservation Project Officer, Mendip District Council

Regeneration of a spa town case study - Scarborough (1.18MB)
Chris Hall
, Conservation Officer, Scarborough Borough Council

Lincoln Connect case study (1.42MB)
Adam Partington
, Townscape Character Projects Manager, City of Lincoln Council

Prince's Regeneration Trust case study - Sowerby Bridge (1MB)
Fred Taggart
, Projects Director, Prince's Regeneration Trust