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TIN news:   The UK's Transport for London (TfL) has introduced the third edition of Streetscape Guidance, which sets standards on the futuristic look of London's streets and public spaces.
Launched as part of the Streets Ahead exhibition at New London Architecture (NLA), Streetscape Guidance intends to focus on discovering the right mix of materials and using advanced design to create streets and public areas that are safe and operational, as well as help enhance the quality of people's lives.
The document is part of Streets Toolkit, which aims to improve urban environment, cycle infrastructure and accessibility.
"This Streetscape Guidance provides the tools and the benefit of years of collective industry knowledge to ensure every project is the best it can be."
The guidance can be used as a primary tool by local councils, urban designers, private developers and highway authorities to understand the best possible ways to design and link places across London, TfL claimed.
According to TfL, while acknowledging that all locations are not the same, the document emphasises the need to achieve a balance between vehicle movement, including freight and goods, and creation of universally appealing public spaces.
TfL director of asset management Dana Skelley said: "We are in the middle of the biggest investment in London's roads in a generation, ensuring we create places where people want to spend time, where they feel safe and even inspired by their surroundings.
"We are lucky to have the best urban planners improving and reforming our city in new and exciting ways. This Streetscape Guidance provides the tools and the benefit of years of collective industry knowledge to ensure every project is the best it can be."
Streetscape Guidance provides practical illustrations to those designing, building, operating and maintaining London's streets and public spaces. These illustrations intend to help the next generation in preparing new schemes such as the proposals for Aldgate Gyratory and Elephant & Castle, where peak traffic streets are being converted into stylish pedestrian spaces.

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