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Effective road safety planning: what should be happening

What the vision should be
Road safety planning and policing: what we have a right to expect
Poor Merseyside road casualties should be considered
Other relevant information
Past strategies
Options that should be considered

Merseyside road safety failures

Merseyside / national road safety failures

Merseyside road safety concerns

So-Mo project on pedestrian casualties

Merseyside road safety improvements

Taking action on poor road safety

Current campaigns





Effective road safety planning
Road Safety planning for Merseyside can be considered under 10 headings. This is based on recommendations in Better Policy-Making (2001) from the UK Cabinet Office.
  • Decide on the vision
  • Assess the current situation
  • Evaluate previous actions
  • Survey possible options
  • Select options
  • Consider the most vulnerable
  • Decide on resources and timescales
  • Check whether improvements are possible
  • Decide on monitoring and review
  • Ensure the culture is right.

1. Decide on the vision
Ignoring any current constraints, decide on the long term vision, even if it takes decades to get there. Take into account best practice
  • elsewhere in the country
  • elsewhere in the world
  • in other fields of human endeavour.
There may be some intermediate objectives.

2. Assess the current situation
Give an honest (i.e. unbiased and complete) account of the current situation. How far short of the vision is it?

3. Evaluate previous actions
What has been done previously? How effective was it?

4. Survey possible options
What has been tried elsewhere? How effective was it?

5. Select options
From the options, select a set of measures that are likely to produce the stated change, based on evidence of what works, giving reasons for what was chosen and what was omitted.

6. Consider the most vulnerable
What special measures are needed for them? If the plan works for them, it works for everyone.

7. Decide on resources and timescales
The resources need to be sufficient to implement the measures selected

8. Check whether improvements are possible
Nobody is perfect. The first draft of a plan is likely to be flawed. Ask for views from others on how the plan can be improved. Include public consultation where appropriate.

9. Decide on monitoring and review
Monitor the plan after launch to ensure that the agreed measures are implemented and that they are having the desired effect. For example, an annual review might be needed.

10. Ensure the culture is right
Is there relentless pursuit of excellence, or mere "box-ticking"?


Better Policy-Making (2001) Cabinet Office, UK. Download from here.

Last updated: 15 Jun 2018