If you want to drive a vehicle over the pavement into your driveway off a highway then you’ll need a dropped kerb. If you don’t have a dropped kerb, you mustn’t drive over the pavement. If you do, you’re breaking the law and enforcement action could be taken to prevent this. A dropped kerb is used to give access to vehicles from a road across the pavement and onto a driveway or parking area.
These lower height kerbs can be used to create vehicle access points for private drives or to provide easier movement for pedestrians, wheelchair and buggy users who are crossing the road to and from the footway.
Pedestrian dropped kerbs can be considered on their own, or as part of a scheme with tactile paving.
These cost £3,700 – £5,100 per dropped crossing, assuming an existing footway, where the existing gradient is favourable. The upper cost bracket includes the provision of buff coloured tactile paving. This includes design and installation and the basic temporary traffic management .
Pedestrian crossing point
Pedestrian crossing points are where the kerb has been lowered or the carriageway has been highered to form a crossing point. It is an offence to park across these and the council can issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to drivers who park on the carriageway adjacent to a pedestrian crossing point.
All costs stated are for guidance only.
Figures provided are estimates and are reviewed annually, with all costs subject to a site survey assessment.
Traffic Regulation Orders
Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are a legal requirement for some traffic schemes. They are required whenever the use of a road is being restricted or prohibited (for example parking restrictions, banned turns or road closures).
As part of the TRO process, a public consultation takes place. The traffic scheme may be revised if any comments or objections are received.
All parking restrictions will require a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) with a minimum cost of £7,500. They are also subject to a public consultation prior to being installed.
For further reading see Leicestershire County Council traffic management consultations