Landscape and transport

Careful route selection and detailed design will help to fit new transport developments into Scotland’s landscape.

New road and rail developments are linear and can be large scale, affecting a range of different landscapes. Transport routes must also be designed for the user – in terms of both safety and visual interest.

Many people use Scotland’s roads, railways, ferries and cycle paths as a way to enjoy our scenery, travelling to remote and stunning landscapes. Road design that considers views and includes stopping places and good signage helps to enrich the experience.


Well-designed and maintained green networks in urban areas provide safe and attractive routes for active travel  – walking and cycling – to school and work.

Planning for Transport: Planning Advice Note 75 aims to show how land use planning and transport can be better managed. It highlights the roles of different bodies and professions in the process and points to other sources of information, and includes sections on design, cycling and walking.

The Highways Agency Design Manual for Roads and Bridges: Volume 10 provides technical guidance on landscape design and management associated with new roads and roadside management.

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