a first study of goods delivery operations in shopping streets dealt with a street having much through traffic (see lr 556). similar investigations have now been carried out in two less busy streets. the following tentative conclusions emerge from the series of studies. 1. in these streets only 2-7 per cent of deliveries were by heavy goods vehicles (ie with more than two axles). however the average flow of through heavy vehicles averaged 30 per hour in the busiest street. 2. delays due to front door deliveries were small where unloading was prohibited at peak hours and could proceed unhampered by waiting cars during the rest of the working day. 3. off-street service areas may not greatly reduce delays if reached via unsuitable entrances on to the shopping street. 4. apart from a few unusual incidents delays caused by moving goods vehicles appeared to be less than indicated by the 2 or 3 passenger car units usually ascribed to them. 5. pedestrians appeared to be concerned as much with the difficulty and delay in crossing the road caused by traffic in general as with the environmental disbenefits of goods vehicles. 6. noise appeared to be the environmental nuisance of greatest concern to pedestrians and residents. 7. the maximum noise intensities arose during the passage of the heavier goods vehicles and could be reduced by limiting the size of vehicles permitted in the street. (a).

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