Various traffic calming schemes have recently been implemented under the Countryside Traffic Measures Group initiative, set up by the Countryside Agency and the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions. The initiative aimed to support the planning and implementation by local authorities of innovative rural traffic schemes designed to integrate sensitively into the local environment. The schemes were in Norfolk (Blakeney, Stiffkey and Wiveton), Suffolk (Occold) and Surrey (Charlwood). Three other schemes in Cumbria, Devon and Brockenhurst in Hampshire were originally included in the initiative, but for various reasons were not pursued. The report describes the schemes and presents the results of monitoring undertaken to assess their effectiveness in terms of vehicle speeds and public opinions. Measurements were also undertaken of air quality at Stiffkey and Charlwood, and of noise at Charlwood. (A)

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