We need to work closely with highway authorities and other bodies to minimise disruption to drivers and pedestrians. The Traffic Management Act 2004 gives highway authorities (such as Transport for London) the responsibility to make sure traffic can move freely in their areas.
They often require us to include traffic management measures when we’re planning our work, and frequently request us to provide drawings showing how we propose to manage the site.
The measures needed depend on the type, duration and location of the work. For example, an otherwise straightforward job on a busy road can require parking bay suspensions. Each location is different. Our job is to make sure the flow of traffic can be maintained around our works and vehicles – and the highway authority decides when this can be done.
Arranging traffic management
We’ll have the necessary conversations with the highway authorities to determine whether traffic management is required. This might include discussions about the need to work outside busy traffic hours, for example by confining our activities to weekends or school holidays.
We produce traffic management drawings when required, and typically send them to highway authorities at least a week before the planning of our works. If they reject our application, we work with them to resolve any issues, get their permission and agree a date for the work.
When major projects require more complex traffic management – for instance, by disrupting a bus route – the principles are the same, but it can take up to 12 weeks to get permission.
In extreme cases, where the traffic management is more complicated, we’ll discuss the requirements with you at an early stage.
Traffic management costs
Our fixed charges include traffic management costs. These cover measures needed to ensure safe working in or near the road and to minimise inconvenience for drivers and pedestrians. Examples include traffic management drawings, bus stop and parking bay suspensions, traffic lights, road or lane closures and lane rental charges.
The charge we apply will depend on whether the work is in a road, a footpath or in unmade ground. We don’t include a charge if there’s no digging involved.