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Birmingham City Council

Safety Audits

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The Developer will be required to submit road safety audits of the works’ detailed design and when the works have been substantially completed and, where possible, before the works are open to road users. The purpose of the audit is to ensure that highway schemes will operate safely.

Road Safety Audit (HD 19/03, DMRB Vol. 5, Section 2) is a systematic process for checking the road safety implications of highway improvements and new road schemes. The sole objective of the process is to minimise future road accident occurrence and severity once the scheme has been built and the road comes into use. The auditor needs to take into account all road users, particularly vulnerable users such as pedestrians, pedal cyclists and the mobility impaired. Road Safety Audits must be carried out in accordance with current national guidance by an accredited road safety audit team that is independent of the designers. The completed audit should be sent to the council, along with the designers’ response.

Having identified potential road safety problems, the auditor makes recommendations for improvement. The Council studies the report and decides which recommendations to accept, and therefore instruct the developer to implement within the scheme design and construction.