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July Update 2019 :

Design Manual for Roads and Bridges

GG 000 Alphanumeric and Volume Contents – July 2019
CD 116 Roundabouts 6.2.3 (supersedes TD 16/07 Geometric Design of Roundabouts, TD 51/17 Segregated Left Turn Lanes and Subsidiary Deflection Islands at Roundabouts, TD 54/07 Design of Mini Roundabouts and TA 78/97 Design of Road Markings at Roundabouts). It also supersedes elements of TD 50/04, TD 70/08, TA 23/81 and TA 86/03 that relate to the geometric design of roundabouts.
CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs 9.1.1 supersedes TD 46/05 Motorway Signalling, TD 18/85 Criteria for the use of gantries for traffic signs and matrix traffic signals on trunk roads and trunk road motorways, Parts of sections 5 and 6 of Interim Advice Note 149/17 Existing Motorways: Additional Requirements and Relaxations; Clauses 2.7.2, 2.7.21 and 2.7.25 of Interim Advice Note 161/15 Smart Motorways
CD 193 Driver location signs 8.2.2 supersedes IAN 93/10 Driver location signs - Interim Performance Specification
CD 355 Application of whole-life costs for design and maintenance of highway structures 1.2.1 supersedes BD 36/92 Evaluation of Maintenance Costs in Comparing Alternative Designs for Highway Structures and BA 28/92 Evaluation of Maintenance Costs in Comparing Alternative Designs for Highway Structures
CD 358 Waterproofing and surfacing of concrete bridge decks 2.3.4 supersedes BD 47/99 Waterproofing and Surfacing of Concrete Bridge Decks, BA 47/99 Waterproofing and Surfacing Concrete Bridge Decks, IAN 96/07 Guidance On Implementing Results Of Research On Bridge Deck Waterproofing
CS 125 Inspection and maintenance of traffic signs 8.2.2 supersedes TD 25/15 Inspection and Maintenance of Traffic Signs on Motorway and AllPurpose Trunk Roads
GG 103 Introduction and general requirements for sustainable development and design 0.2.2 (new document)
LA 101 Introduction to environmental assessment 11.1.1 supersedes HA 200/08 Aims and Objectives of Environmental Assessment, HA 201/08 General Principles and Guidance of Environmental Impact Assessment, IAN 125/15 Supplementary guidance for users of DMRB Volume 11 ‘Environmental Assessment’, IAN 126/15 Environmental Impact Assessment: Reporting of Determination and Publication of Notices, IAN 133/10 Environmental Assessment and the Planning Act 2008
LA 102 Screening projects for Environmental Impact Assessment 11.2.2 supersedes HD 47/08 Screening of Projects for Environmental Impact Assessment, IAN 126/15 Environmental Impact Assessment: Reporting of Determination and Publication of Notices, IAN 133/10 Environmental Assessment and the Planning Act 2008
LA 103 Scoping projects for environmental assessment 11.2.3 supersedes HA 204/08 Scoping of Environmental Impact Assessments, IAN 125/15 Supplementary guidance for users of DMRB Volume 11 ‘Environmental Assessment’, IAN 133/10 Environmental Assessment and the Planning Act 2008
LA 104 Environmental assessment and monitoring 11.2.4 supersedes HA 205/08 Assessment and Management of Environmental Effects, HD 48/08 Reporting of Environmental Impact Assessments, IAN 125/15 Supplementary guidance for users of DMRB Volume 11 ‘Environmental Assessment’, and IAN 133/10 Environmental Assessment and the Planning Act 2008
BA 28/92 Evaluation of Maintenance Costs in Comparing Alternative Designs for Highway Structures 1.2.2 (superseded by CD 355 Application of whole-life costs for design and maintenance of highway structures)
BA 47/99 Waterproofing and Surfacing Concrete Bridge Decks 2.3.5 (superseded by CD 358 Waterproofing and surfacing of concrete bridge decks)
BD 36/92 Evaluation of Maintenance Costs in Comparing Alternative Designs for Highway Structures 1.2.1(superseded by CD 355 Application of whole-life costs for design and maintenance of highway structures)
BD 47/99 Waterproofing and Surfacing of Concrete Bridge Decks 2.3.4 (superseded by CD 358 Waterproofing and surfacing of concrete bridge decks)
HA 86/01 Principles and Guidance 10.0.1 (withdrawn and no replacement)
HA 90/01 Planning and Policy Features 10.0.5 (withdrawn and no replacement)
HA 93/01 Contract Performance Requirements 10.0.8 (withdrawn and no replacement)
HA 94/01 Glossary of Terms 10.0.9 (withdrawn and no replacement)
HA 99/01 Policy and Guidance 10.7.1 (withdrawn and no replacement)
HA 200/08 Aims and Objectives of Environmental Assessment 11.1.1 (superseded by LA 101 Introduction to environmental assessment)
HA 201/08 General Principles and Guidance of Environmental Impact Assessment 11.2.1 (superseded by LA 101 Introduction to environmental assessment)
HA 202/08 Environmental Impact Assessment 11.2.2 (withdrawn and no replacement)
HA 204/08 Scoping of Environmental Impact Assessments 11.2.4 (superseded by LA 103 Scoping projects for environmental assessment)
HA 205/08 Assessment and Management of Environmental Effects 11.2.5 (superseded by LA 104 Environmental assessment and monitoring)
HA 218/08 Glossary of Terms Used in The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 11 Sections 1 and 2 11.2.7 (withdrawn and no replacement)
HD 47/08 Screening of Projects for Environmental Impact Assessment 11.2.3 (superseded by LA 102 Screening projects for Environmental Impact Assessment)
HD 48/08 Reporting of Environmental Impact Assessments 11.2.6 (superseded by LA 104 Environmental assessment and monitoring)
TA 60/90 The Use of Variable Message Signs on All-Purpose and Motorway Trunk Roads Northern Ireland Addendum applicable for use in Northern Ireland 8.2.2 (Withdrawn. Please see CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs)
TA 74/05 Motorway Signalling inc. Annex A, which is specific to England Welsh Addendum applicable for use in Wales 9.4.3 (Withdrawn. Please see CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs)
TA 78/97 Design of Road Markings at Roundabouts 6.2.3 (superseded by CD 116 Geometric design of roundabouts)
TA 83/05 Guide to the Use of Variable Message Signs for Strategic Traffic Management on Trunk Roads and Trunk Road Motorways Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Addenda applicable for use in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 9.4.6 (Withdrawn. Please see CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs)
TD 16/07 Geometric Design of Roundabouts 6.2.3 (superseded by CD 116 Geometric design of roundabouts)
TD 18/85 Criteria for the use of gantries for traffic signs and matrix traffic signals on trunk roads and trunk road motorways 9.1.2 (superseded by CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs)
TD 25/15 Inspection and Maintenance of Traffic Signs on Motorway and All Purpose Trunk Roads 8.2.2 (superseded by CS 125 Inspection and maintenance of traffic signs)
TD 33/05 The Use of Variable Message Signs on All-Purpose and Motorway Trunk Roads Northern Ireland Addendum applicable for use in Northern Ireland 8.2.2 (Withdrawn. Please see CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs)
TD 46/05 Motorway Signalling 9.1.1 (superseded by CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs)
TD 51/17 Segregated Left Turn Lanes and Subsidiary Deflection Islands at Roundabouts 6.3.5 (superseded by CD 116 Geometric design of roundabouts)
TD 54/07 Design of Mini Roundabouts 6.2.2 (superseded by CD 116 Geometric design of roundabouts)
General Preface to the Volume 10 Series of Advice Notes 10.0 (withdrawn and no replacement)

Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works

Updates to Series 900: Road Pavements - Bituminous Bound Materials Amendments July 2019
MCHW Vol 0.0.2 Amendments July 2019
MCHW Vol 0.2.1 SD1/19
MCHW Vol 1 July Amendments
MCHW Vol 2 July Amendments

IAN

IAN 93/07 rev1 Driver location signs - Interim Performance Specification (superseded by CD 193 Driver location signs)
IAN 96/07 rev1 Guidance On Implementing Results Of Research On Bridge Deck Waterproofing (superseded by CD 358 Waterproofing and surfacing of concrete bridge decks)
IAN 109/08 Advice Regarding the Motorway Signal Mark 4 (MS4) (Withdrawn. Please see CD 146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs)
IAN 125/15 Supplementary guidance for users of DMRB Volume 11 ‘Environmental Assessment’ (superseded by LA 101, LA 103, LA 104)
IAN 126/15 Environmental Impact Assessment: Reporting of Determination and Publication of Notices (superseded by LA 101, LA 102)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When are the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works published?

Updates to the DMRB are published four times a year, in February, May, August and November. Updates to the MCHW are published twice a year, in May and November. You can check which updated documents are scheduled to be published here.

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How can I get a copy of a DMRB/MCHW document?

You can buy paper copies of current documents or a complete set of documents on a CD-ROM from www.tsoshop.co.uk.

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How can I get hold of an old or superseded DMRB standard, MCHW specification or Interim Advice Note (IAN)?

Please contact us via our feedback page.

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What are the differences between the website and the CD-ROM of each publication?

The content of each publication is the same on the website as on the CD-ROM. However, unlike the websites, the CD-ROMs have an integrated search and indexing facility.

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Who can I contact with a query regarding a specific part of a DMRB or MCHW publication or IAN?

Please contact us via our feedback page and we will pass it to the person best able to answer your query.

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Do local highway authorities use the DMRB/MCHW or IANs and do these publications apply to my local road?

These documents apply to trunk road and motorway works. The basis of their use by local highway authorities is given in DMRB document (PDF, Opens new window) GD 1/08 and the introduction to the MCHW document (PDF, Opens new window) SD 0/08. Please ask your local highway authority what its policy is on this matter.

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Does the DMRB apply to trunk roads and motorways in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

Yes. However, some standards and specifications have annexes that are specific to each devolved administration. Please contact them directly for guidance:

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I would like to use a figure from the DMRB in a report. How do I get permission to do this?

If you would like to use any figure, diagram or photo in a report or presentation please see our copyright guidance.

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Where are the appendices to the MCHW?

Templates for the appendices referred to in the Specification for Highway Works are in MCHW Volume 2 - Notes for Guidance for the Specification for Highway Works. The first number of the appendix tells you in which series it is located. For example, Sample Appendix 3/1 is located in Series NG 300 and Sample Appendix 6/2 is found in Series NG 600.

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Where can I find Series 7000, 8000 and 9000 of the Specification for Highway Works?

These are in Volume 5 of the MCHW and relate to specialist activities.

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Where can I find information about Traffic Signs?

Please go to the Traffic signs and signals page on the Department for Transport website page.

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Where can I find the MCE, MCF, MCG, MCH, TR, TRG and TRH series of documents?

Please go to the Highways England Plans Registry site. It is free to register, and you can download any current documents at no cost.

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Who can I talk to about access to my property?

If the site is on a trunk road, you should talk to your Highways England area team. (PDF, Opens new window) Use the map (PDF document) to find what area you need.

Otherwise consult your local highway authority. Your local council should be able to tell you who is responsible for the road in question.

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Where do I find the Department for Transport publications referred to in the DMRB and MCHW?

Links are provided on the links page.

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The standards website shows a revised document but when I try to download it I still get the older version.

Some users cannot see changes that have been made to the website. This may be caused by the ‘caching’ (storing) of documents. In order to load webpages more quickly most PCs store recently accessed pages/documents locally. This may result in users viewing outdated information if the cache is not refreshed. If this happens to you, try the following:

  1. Click ‘Refresh’ on the toolbar or if using MS Windows click F5 on the keyboard.
  2. If clicking ‘Refresh’ does not work try Ctrl F5 (hold down the Control key and F5 key together)
  3. If the above has not worked you may need to speak to your own IT department about their proxy server as in some cases the server also caches web pages.

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