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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 and MCHW are published monthly where required. Please see the DMRB index (GG 000) or MCHW index for a complete list of current documents.

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Where can I view a detailed summary of the new DMRB document referencing system and the document(s) it replaces?

The transition document has been compiled to assist users in transitioning to the new document referencing system by providing a look up list relating old alpha numeric system to the new lifecycle system. Please click here to view the document.

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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

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How can I get hold of an old or superseded DMRB standard, MCHW specification or Interim Advice Note (IAN)?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 GG 101 and the introduction to the MCHW document 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 see GG 101 for further clarification.

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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?

All our content is released under the open government licence. If you would like to use any figure, diagram or photo in a report or presentation please see:

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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 :

Traffic Signs Manual

Traffic Signs and Regulations Guidance


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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. Use the map to find what area you need. Guidance can be found using this link:

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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