Highway code to undergo revision this Autumn

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Pedestrians and cyclists will be prioritised in the new road hierarchy due to be set out by an updated version of the Highway Code later this year.

The “hierarchy of road users” is a bid to boost the safety of walkers and cyclists, while also pushing to capitalise on the walking and biking boom of the pandemic.

Other changes announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps include fresh schemes to encourage people to walk more as well as increased funding for hundreds of miles of new cycle lanes and improvements to the National Cycle Network. The changes to the Highway Code come as part of a £338 million delivery designed to buoy more people to take up cycling and walking.

The Department for Transport said that the new changes to the road hierarchy aim to ensure that the “road users who pose the greatest threat,” such as those in cars and lorries, are given the “greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose” to more assailable road users , like walkers and cyclists.