Streetscape Guidance

Closed 1 Mar 2015

Opened 19 Jan 2015


Update - 18 December 2015

Our revised Streetscape Guidance document is now available on the TfL website.

Please click here to visit our Streets Toolkit page where you can find links to Streetscape Guidance, as well as other current guidance documents.

Update ends


Last published in 2009, our draft revised Streetscape Guidance is a publicly accessible document that provides easy access to standard materials and illustrative layouts recommended for London’s streets  - and in particular the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN).

The document provides an update on the street types work, design principles, materials, and technical standards and aims to be a designer’s first port of call for any work involving London’s streets. It has now been comprehensively updated to reflect established and emerging best practice and several changes in policy, including the work of the Better Streets programme and the Roads Task Force .

Through this consultation, we welcome your comments on all parts of this draft document.

We have developed this draft document in this format for consultation purposes. The final document will adopt a similar look and feel to the newly published London Cycling Design Standards to aid easy referencing.

You can view the draft revised Streetscape Guidance as a single document or as individual chapters below:

Streetscape Guidance document sections


1.1 “Background”

1.2 “What is Streetscape Guidance?”

1.3 “Who is Streetscape Guidance for?”

1.4 “How should I use the document?”

1.5 “How is the document relevant to my work?”

1.6 “How do I collaborate?”


Part A – A vision for London’s streets

2.1 “Planning for the future”

2.2 “The Mayor’s strategies”

2.3 “The Mayor’s Transport Strategy”

2.4 “Creating common understanding through street-types”


Part B – Balancing priorities

3.1 “Understanding competing demands”

3.2 “Movement considerations”

3.3 “Place considerations”

3.4 “Function, performance and form”

3.5 “Street design considerations”

3.6 “Street design principles”

3.7 “From strategy to delivery: Bringing it all together”


Part C – New measures for new challenges

4.1 “Encouraging innovation and creativity”

4.2 “Trialling, testing and temporary measures”

4.3 “Infrastructure and assets fit for the future”

4.4 “Making more efficient and flexible use of space”

4.5 “Intelligent systems and management”

4.6 “Changing behaviour and enabling different choices”

4.7 “Engagement and approvals”

4.8 “How and when should I engage with TfL?”

4.9 “What is the Streetscape Review Group?”

4.10 “What if I require approval?”


Part D – Section five - Physical design and materials: “Ambience”

5.1 “Ensuring good design”

5.2 “Keeping London dry”

5.3 “Keeping London green”

5.4 “Lighting the way”

5.5 “Working with businesses”

5.6 “Leftover spaces”

5.7 “Pocket parks”


Part D – Section six - Physical design and materials: “High quality footways”

6.1 “Vision”

6.2 “Footway materials”

6.3 “Kerbs”

6.4 “TLRN and borough road interfaces”

6.5 “Footway crossovers”

6.6 “Inspection covers”

6.7 “Smoke vents”


Part D – Section seven - Physical design and materials: “Footway amenities”

7.1 “Vision”

7.2 “Footway zones”

7.3 “Colour of street furniture”

7.4 “Cycle parking”

7.5 Cycle hire docking stations”

7.6 “Seats”

7.7 “Art”

7.8 “Bins”

7.9 “Post and pouch boxes”

7.10 “Telephone boxes”

7.11 “Pedestrian wayfinding”


Part D – Section eight - Physical design and materials: “Safety and functionality”

8.1 “Traffic signs”

8.2 “Bollards and low level traffic signs”

8.3 “Street name plates”

8.4 “Barrier free footways”

8.5 “New provision of guardrail”

8.6 “Barriers”

8.7 “Utility cabinets”

8.8 “Feeder pillars”

8.9 “Variable message signs”

8.10 “Environmental monitoring equipment”

8.11 “Roadside cameras and CCTV”

8.12 “Planned events infrastructure


Part D – Section nine - Physical design and materials: “Carriageways”

9.1 “Vision”

9.2 “Carriageway materials”

9.3 “Road markings”

9.4 “Cycle infrastructure”

9.5 “Bus lanes”

9.6 “Median strips/central reservations”


Part D – Section 10 - Physical design and materials: “Kerbside activity”:

10.1 “Vision”

10.2 “Parking and loading bays”

10.3 “Coach facilities”
10.4 “Parking control equipment”

10.5 “Electric vehicle charging points”

10.6 “Motorcycle parking”
10.7 “Bus stops, bays, boarders and cages”


Part D – Section 11 - Physical design and materials: “Transport interchanges”

11.1 “Vision”
11.2 “Street interchanges”

11.3 “Transport mode specific design considerations”

11.4 “Rail interchanges”

11.5 “On-Highway bus station interchanges”

11.6 “Tram interchanges”

11.7 “London River Services interchanges”

11.8 “Taxi ranks”

11.9 “Cycle parking hubs”


Part D – Section 12 - Physical design and materials: “Crossings”

      12.1 “Vision”

12.2 “Tactile paving”

12.3 “Controlled crossings”

12.4 “Design objectives”

12.5 “Uncontrolled crossings”

12.6 “Traffic signs and control boxes”

12.7 “Grade-separated pedestrian crossings”

12.8 “Subways”

12.9 “Footbridges”

12.10 “Road bridges”

12.11 “Road underpasses”


Part E – Setting a precedent

13.1 “Bringing components together”

13.2 “A bold new approach”

13.3 “Enhancing a cultural heart”

13.4 “Changing the purpose of a street”

13.5 “Rebalancing user needs”

13.6 “Reversing a gyratory”

13.7 “Simplifying a junction”

13.8 “Making the most of a confined space”

13.9 “Facilitating local businesses”

13.10 “Good ordinary”


Part F – Appendix

14.1 “Image credits”

      14.2 “List of references”


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