**UPDATE** FOR INFO: Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

The Department of Transport recently opened a consultation seeking the UK’s views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

The main alterations to the code that were being proposed were:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

Higham Parish Council urged parishioners to have their say in this consultation as cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders are well represented in the area and particularly as the activities mentioned are very popular in and around our village.

The consultation closed at

The Government are now in the process of analysing national feedback. Visit the Gov.uk page below again soon to download the outcome to this public feedback.

Gov.uk - Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders


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HGV Movements across Kent – A Working Group report from KCC

Kent County Council’s Transport Committee this week looked at ways to seek powers from Government to take damaging HGVs off our narrow rural roads and village streets.

This report summarises the work undertaken by the group to date and the proposal to implement a trial lorry control area in the County to eliminate or substantially reduce, in so far as practicable, inappropriate HGV movements. As part of this workstream, officers have been engaged with the Department for Transport with the aim to secure powers such that Kent County Council could undertake enforcement directly within the trial area, rather than be reliant on the police, who currently, are the only authority with relevant powers.

It’s worth a read as it’s findings may shape the movement of HGVs across Kent including here in Gravesham and Higham where the Parish Council often discuss HGV traffic through our village and what can be done to reduce and restrict these movements.

HGV Member Working Group Report - 23rd January 2020


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