under the road traffic regulation act 1967 and the town and country planning acts of 1968 and 1971, public authorities have been given much wider powers than before to restrict, either wholly or partially, entry by vehicles to individual streets. the extent to which restriction can be applied depends upon a variety of local circumstances. an account is given of the techniques adopted by local authorities in different cities and towns to improve shopping amenity, whilst still preserving satisfactory levels of (a) goods vehicle servicing (b) bus route access (c) car parking, and (d) capacity for through travel. in many situations an improvement of the shopping environment can be obtained by the use of some type of access limitation without requiring complete prohibition of vehicular traffic. in most of these cases it is believed that the use of wall-to-wall surfacing would produce the best results, the only exceptions being where large numbers of buses operate on scheduled routes.(a)

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