There’s no better reason to conduct a review of traffic sensitive streets, than the tangible savings to be made by removing routes that might by a barrier to operational effectiveness.


Traffic sensitivity designation has a direct impact on cost-effective operations


Local authorities have a statutory duty to factor the most traffic sensitive routes into their operations and by doing so, it’s possible to avoid key road maintenance during peak congestion periods. Lower levels of congestion are the primary aim, but there are other benefits. Effective, up-to-date recognition of traffic sensitive routes can lead to reduced costs and reduced exposure to risk, as well as increased productivity and higher levels of customer satisfaction. Plus:


  • increased effectiveness of local service delivery
  • and happier citizens, suffering from less disruption.
  • a positive impact on the environment


We worked closely with East Sussex Highways to help them review all 1,438 traffic sensitive streets in their area. The results, we believe, translated to an improvement in overall traffic management at the level it matters most – on the streets.  Please see the case study of our work with East Sussex here.






Our team has the experience to wrangle the data used in these reviews in a way that uses insights from previous, similar projects to overcome any challenges that might arise.


We start by helping to qualify the route network in the area of interest. Our team knows which combination of base datasets will always deliver the most insightful results. But our work can then extend to a much broader range of consultancy – working with different departments to factor in other data that might impact designations. By using traffic counts, reinstatement records, and road classifications intuitively, we can offer reviews and advice on the local streets that should maintain their traffic sensitive status – but also deliver a detailed report on those that could be removed. For local authorities that want to enhance their performance further, we can also generate national comparisons and provide statistics on a monthly basis.


How do we do it? 

The Additional Street Data (ASD) within the Local Street Gazetteer (LSG) is our starting point. A key area of this dataset is known traffic sensitivity – information that’s been submitted to us previously by Custodians, close to the streets in question.


Our guidance explains more about the processes behind effective traffic sensitivity identification.


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