Temporary Traffic Management handbook

Transport for London
Publication date: 
January 2019

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This handbook is provided for all those involved with every aspect of the planning, implementation and inspection of temporary traffic management associated with roadworks and construction activities taking place on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that temporary traffic management does not create inconvenient or unsafe conditions for people travelling in London. There is a specific focus on people walking or cycling around works sites, in order to ensure those who wish to walk and cycle are not deterred by poor temporary traffic management.

Safety is at the forefront of this guidance; even where temporary traffic management is designed and set up to be safe, if it causes extensive diversions or significant inconvenience, it may drive unsafe decision-making by people travelling around the works. This handbook supplements existing legislative requirements and guidance that industry professionals will be familiar with:

  • The Safety at Street Works and Roadworks: A Code of Practice (the Safety Code)

  • Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual (Chapter 8)

  • The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD)

For works on the TLRN, TfL expects this guidance to be followed. Designers and works promoters should check with other highway authorities elsewhere in London to see if they approve the use of this handbook as good practice.