Traffic Management Act 2004 /
New Roads & Street Work Act
Coordination & Regulation Update
February 2008
Part 1: TMA Background
Part 2. Executing our TMA & NRSWA duties.
Part 3. Permits.
Part 4. Summary.
Part 1: TMA Background
Summary of TMA
• To minimise, as far as possible, the impact of
traffic congestion.
• The Act Covers
Pt 1. Traffic officers (Highways Agency)
Pt 2. Network management duty (Traff Managers)
Pt 3. Permit schemes
Pt 4. Street works (amendments to NRSWA 1991)
Pt 5. Road enforcement (amendments to HA 1980)
Pt 6. Traffic Offences
Intervention Triggers
1. A complaint about congestion.
2. A report to Dft.
If, from either of these sources, the Secretary of State
suspects that an Authority MAY be failing, then the
intervention process could be initiated.
Intervention Assessment + Cost
• Assessed whether the Highway Authority has;
Coordinated works
Ensured parity
Taken regulatory action (where appropriate).
Adopted performance measurements
Met targets.
• Costs;
– Replacement of TM by Traffic Director from Dft.
– Pay Dft costs up to £250,000/year.
– Lose “Excellent” status.
Part 2: Executing Our TMA &
NRSWA Duties
The Traffic Manager
Peter Bayless
Final decision on Traffic issues.
Traffic Manager Board – Meets quarterly.
– Street works manager, passenger transport,
area directors, transport policy, police,
highways agency, emergency planning,
corporate communications.
– Discusses & sets policy
– Operational group discusses performance.
“Parity is an important principle in
exercising the duty. Authorities must lead
by example, applying the same standards
and approaches to their own activities as
to those of others”.
Para 68 – Network Management Duty
Guidance document.
Parity in Coordination
HCC works promoters to amend their
processes / procedures / contracts.
THC contains TMA clause including
Performance measured using indicators.
Coordinators must be ‘neutral’.
Coordination Pt 1
(Being Proactive)
Duty to coordinate – S59 NRSWA.
Duty to keep traffic moving – S16 TMA.
Does the scheme warrant a T.M. Plan ?
Does the scheme warrant any premeetings ?
Are there any existing restrictions, eg TS
streets, S58, S.E.D’s, SSSI’s, etc ?
Will it affect other networks / div routes
(including internal borders) ?
Coordination Pt 2
(Being Proactive)
• Will it affect emergency services / buses ?
• Does a road require a standard TM plan for all
activities ?
– Plans for A27, A32, A3024 already being written.
• Is consultation with ‘stakeholders’ required.
• Does the Traff Manager need to know ?
All considerations and decisions need to be
Coordination Groups
• Regional coordination group
– One coordinator from each area.
– Discusses cross border activities.
– Reviews and disseminate new legislation.
– Assess performance of coord on past
• Traff Manager Board / Op Group
• Local Coordination meetings
• Individual coordinators
Registerable Works
(What needs a notice)
Works / activities need a notice if they;
1. Involve the breaking up or RS of any street.
2. Involve opening the c’way or cycleway of a traffic
sensitive street at traffic sensitive times.
3. Require any form of temporary traffic control.
4. Reduce the lanes available on a c’way of 3+ lanes.
5. Require a temporary traffic regulation order or notice,
or the suspension of pedestrian facilities.
6. Require the reduction in the width of existing c’way of
a traffic sensitive street at a traffic sensitive time.
HCC has a legal duty to register (notify) using the
same categories.
Non - Registerable Works
(What DOES NOT need a notice)
Road markings
Pole testing
OM / RM works (HCC works only)
Unless conditions 2 – 6 in the previous slide
apply. (Work in TS time, TC or TTRO
Pole testing requires registration 10 days
after completion.
Revised Works Type
Emergency - Unplanned activities undertaken to
immediately resolve life threatening problems.
Urgent - Unplanned activities undertaken to put an end
to unplanned interruption of service.
Minor works
Any planned activity that is to take 3 days or less
Any planned activity that is to last longer than three
days, but less than, or equal to ten days.
Major Works
Any planned activity that is to last 11 days or more or
any planned activity that requires a temporary traffic
order or any activity identified on an annual programme
or planned 6 months in advance.
‘TMA’ Minimum Noticing for
S74 In progress – 2 hours after start
S74 Wks Closed – within 1 working day
Minor works
S55 - 3 Days
S74 In progress – within 1 working day of actual start
S74 Wks Closed – within 1 working day of actual
S55 – 10 Days
S74 In progress – within 1 working day of actual start
S74 Wks Closed – within 1 working day of actual close
Major Works
S54 – 3 Months
S55 – 10 Days
S74 In progress – within 1 working day of actual start
S74 Wks Closed – within 1 working day of actual close
Initial Notices
New ‘notice type’.
Not mandatory.
Served at initial design stage.
Only general details required.
Not used to book road space.
Used to ID potential clashes and allow
other works promoters to plan their works.
Coord Notice – Some Key Points
Notices must be served in a timely manner.
Durations must be realistic.
Locations must be accurate.
8 digit Grid refs (000000.00) are mandatory and must be
Polygons for works area required from 2009.
TM info is mandatory.
One works / street.
Notified works must be started or notice abandoned.
Notices have validity periods.
S74 Overruns and Durations
• DfT have not yet revised the S74 rules,
although a draft has been consulted on.
• Valid reasons for the required extension
must be clearly stated.
• Any extension must be agreed with the
local coordinator BEFORE the revised
S74 notice is submitted.
• Strict time limits for responses by from
works promoters AND coordinators.
The Code introduces agreements
• Works promoters must get permission from the
local coordinator / Traffic (HQ) for;
Working during a Restriction.
Early start
Use of a provisional street
Notice error correction
Placing apparatus in a protected street.
Noticing IT Systems
• Exor, Street Works Manager is the Register and
coordination tool for local coordinators.
• Elgin is a supplementary tool used by both
coordinators and works promoters.
• Elgin also designed to be a ‘quick and dirty’
noticing tool provided to HCC works promoters.
• Both are (will be !) compliant with the TMA regs.
• Fulfils HCC requirement to publish all works on a
map on the web. (e-gov requirement).
• Fulfils map based requirement for TMA.
• GIS copy of what’s in or Street Works Register.
• Allows cross border ID of works.
• Used by emergency services to plan routes.
Totally reliant on data accuracy.
(Reactive Coordination)
S74 – Duration challenges.
S56 – Direction of timings.
– Can now be used during works.
S56A – Directions for location of NEW
S66 – Undue delay / obstruction.
Applies to HCC works via parity / PI’s.
Need to document decisions.
Monitoring Works for
• Noticing and regulation monitored by
Traffic (HQ).
• Site inspections will confirm timing and
location accuracy.
– No ‘extra’ inspections (yet).
– Extra ‘checks’ at Cat A stage.
• Non compliances need to be reported to
Traffic (HQ) for possible FPN.
Fixed Penalty Notices
• Comes into force May 12th 2008.
• Served for noticing non compliance.
– Dates, times, location etc.
– NOT SLG or overruns.
• If SU disputes, then we MUST go to court.
• Evidence for non-compliances must be
supplied as per a court case.
• £120 / £80 fine per ‘offence’.
Performance Measurement
• PI’s reported to Traffic Manager / DfT.
• Utility Co’s may face fines / penalties / FPN’s.
• HCC Works Promoters will need to explain poor
• PI’s include;
Compliance with notice rules.
Compliance with S74 / S56 / S66 directions.
Number of overruns
Notice accuracy
Issuing of directions / documenting decisions
Licensed Activities
• NRSWA 1991, S.50 – Private apparatus;
– Licence needs reviewing for TMA.
– Legal requirement to hold records on Register
– All TMA & NRSWA applies to licence holder.
• HA 1980, Skips / Scaffold etc;
– No new requirements in latest Code.
– ‘Should’ be recorded on Register for coord.
Temp Traffic Control
• Not covered specifically by TMA, but are a
source of congestion.
• SEHAUC form.
– Notice of 2 way.
– Permission required for multiway.
– Need to consider existing permanent controls.
• Stop / Go boards must be available on site.
• MANUAL CONTROL during TS times on TS
Coordinating Non Works
• Works promoters should advise of
– Diversion routes & road closures.
• Events need to be considered.
– Managed through DC’s licensing.
– Traffic (HQ) advice for significant events.
– Central event database developed.
• DC activities
– Street sweeping, bus shelters etc.
– NM Duty states we should liaise to ensure that they
apply similar rules.
• It is NOT a coordination notice.
• Up to 5 years protection.
• Exceptions;
– Emergency works (obviously !) and customer supply
• ‘Substantial’ c’way & f’way schemes in excess of
30Lm can be protected. (SD not included).
• Protection can be imposed following major SU
work. (S58A).
• Restrictions also apply to HCC works.
S58 Protection
5 Years
3 Years
Other substantial
1 Year (6 months for
Cat 3 & 4 rds)
20 days
NRSWA S58 – Revised
• 3 Months prior to works start;
Promoter sends details to Traffic HQ via notice.
Details recorded on Register (via notice)
Traffic HQ then sends to all interested parties.
Traffic HQ publishes details on website.
Promoter raises details at coordination meeting.
20 days to reveal any planned works.
Works must start within 6 months of notified date
Works promoter sends final S58 on completion
of work.
Gazetteer - Special
• Significant aid to works planning.
• TS, SED, Protected Street. Mandated by
• Other info, eg special surfaces, SSSI’s.
• HU’s responsible for deciding what info to
add as they have to enforce restrictions.
• Data comes from a number of sources and
owners are responsible for accuracy.
Part 3: Permits
Permission required to work on the highway.
Heavy restrictions will apply… to ALL.
Probably only apply to strategic network.
Working group set up to investigate.
Kent CC have already applied to SoS to start
permit scheme later in 2008.
• SU’s will have to pay up to £240 for each permit.
• Permit approval will need to come from the
Part 4: Summary
In Summary
• TMA is not just about ‘notices’.
• Proactive coordination needed at all
• Decisions need to be documented.
• Will require a change of procedures.
• More contact with works promoters
• Need to take on board parity.
• Need to adopt performance measures.
Any Questions ?