Warrington New Town:
Anatomy of a New Town

If you're going to build a whole new urban area, your job is made considerably more easy if you can design a set of stock elements to be used as the building blocks of the plan. And so it was with Warrington - a standard layout for main roads, a standard set of five or six designs for houses, a standard type of streetlight for housing estates, and so on.

Additionally, the New Town districts were planned with a clear heirarchy of roads. At the top level were the planned expressways, and immediately below them main roads, local distributors, estate roads, closes and lanes. The idea was that the design of each level would inform the driver of their increasingly urban setting. This page examines those types of road and the street furniture selected to use on them.

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