9th November 2017

Traffic Management

Non-compliant (sandbag is not properly securing the sign)

The Club encourages members to gain qualifications in Traffic Management.  This is an important capability for designing and managing road closures for events such as the Easter 10, and guiding marshals about the rights of road users, residents and other stakeholders affected by the event.

Qualifications (valid for five years) are awarded by LANTRA after participation in a training course and passing an assessment.  The following Club members are qualified:

  • Stephan Helal (valid to 10/2022)
  • Judi Jeffries (valid to 02/2020)
  • Ian McKenzie (valid to 02/2020)
  • Jon Kew (valid to 11/2022)
  • Miles Bennett (valid to 11/2022)
  • Matthew Shaw (valid to 11/2022)
  • Yash Maudgil (valid to 11/2022)

Considerations

The Police are generally not responsible for managing road closures, but may attend to observe how they are being carried out.

When running an event, there are two sections of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to consider:

  • Section 16A allows the local authority to make a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) to close a road
  • Section 14 applies where no closure is required but the event affects the highway e.g. access to a temporary parking field.

The Club is responsible for presenting a compliant plan for a TTRO to the local highways authority and for correct deployment of signage and marshals.

The main rules

  1. Notice of closures and diversions must be posted at least two weeks before the event. No extraneous advertising is permitted on the sign itself
  2. Signs and cones must be reasonably clean, undamaged and reflective
  3. Road closure signs must be put up or taken down in the correct sequence i.e. ROAD CLOSED is only shown when all the diversion signs are in place
  4. A ROAD CLOSED sign must be accompanied by amber flashing light
  5. Warning signs must be placed at least 60 metres ahead of a direction sign e.g. a ROAD CLOSED sign, a diversion turn
  6. Signage must be located so as to ensure footways (next to the carriageway) and footpaths (separated by a verge) are min. 1 metre wide
  7. Signage must be at least 45cm from the carriageway. If that is not possible, a cone must be placed in the road to give that separation
  8. Signage must be at least 30cm above the ground, and must be secured with sandbags
  9. Marshals managing road closures MUST NOT stand on the carriageway.  If that is not possible to avoid, cones should be used to create a standing area
  10. Marshals must wear yellow tabards as a minimum.

The rules also apply to public footpaths that are not next to highways, but it unlikely we would seek a closure.

Limitations

  1. Road closures rely on public trust and actually have little force in law. Only the Police and Community Support Officers can give  enforceable instructions
  2. Drivers can proceed through a closure.  The responsibility is largely theirs, but the Club is only fully protected in the event of a serious incident by having a compliant setup
  3. Traffic controls at crossings (stop-go boards, temporary lights) must not close the carriageway for more that 120 seconds at a time.  It may be necessary to hold runners from time to time in order to comply.

Reference documents