Terms and conditions for Temporary Traffic regulation order

Temporary Traffic Regulations Order Under Section 14(1) Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 

 

Criteria, Guidance and Conditions 

An application form may only be submitted to the Council when requesting to close or restrict any part of the highway network for the following reasons (as described in section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984):-

  • Works that are being carried out on or near to the highway (Street-Works);
  • The likelihood of danger to the public (Public Safety), or;
  • For litter clearing and cleaning (Litter Clearing).

An application is for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order or Notice affecting any public highway (road, footpath, bridleway etc) in Milton Keynes, where a closure or restriction is necessary in order to work on, within or adjoining the highway. Except in very extenuating circumstances, no Order will be processed unless the following requirements are fulfilled:-

  1. The applicant is responsible for the safe, orderly and proper conduct of the works being carried out.
  2. The applicant is responsible for the ‘cleaning up’ after the works have been completed.
  3. The applicant is responsible for any costs arising, e.g. damage to street furniture or road surface etc.
  4. The Council may request in such a way that access for pedestrians, resident’s vehicles and emergency vehicles be maintained at all times.
  5. The applicant is required to notify all frontages on the affected roads, both residential and commercial at least 7 days prior to the event.
  6. There is a fee of £2,066.50 to be paid to Milton Keynes Council at the application stage.
  7. Milton Keynes Council reserves the right to reject an application;
    • If the reason for the temporary closure/restrictions does not fall within the criteria stated in Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act of 1984;
    • If the applicant fails to pay the application fee;
    • If the applicant fails to provide the Council with a comprehensive signing schedule for the alternative route in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual 2006;
    • If the applicant fails to provide the Council with a copy of the public liability insurance certificate;
    • If the applicant fails to provide the Council with a copy of the risk assessment;
    • If the applicant does not sign the disclaimer on the application form.

 

Before submitting an application, please ensure that you have completed the following:-

  • Applied to the Councils Traffic and Network Management Team for the necessary permit;
  • Checked www.roadworks.org for any conflicts on the highway (Are there any other closures or traffic management on the road you intend to close/restrict);
  • You have allowed 12-weeks for Milton Keynes Council to process your application.

 

Please be advised that Milton Keynes Council (“the Council”) is now a permit authority and prior to any road closure being approved, the applicant must obtain a permit from the Traffic and Network Management Team.

 

Permits: To apply for a permit please contact the Councils Traffic and Network Management Team on 01908 252561, or by email at streetworkscoordination@milton-keynes.gov.uk.  If you are a utilities company then you can apply via the utilities permit process.

 

Applicants are required to provide the following documents with the application:-

  • A traffic management plan
  • A risk assessment
  • A method statement
  • A copy of your public liability insurance

 

Failure to complete all sections of the application form or supply any of the above supporting documents may result in your application being rejected and/or delay the application process which could impact on the start date. 

 

The applicants’ duties:

  • To show that the road closure is necessary;
  • To submit a comprehensive traffic management plan with a sign schedule;
  • To notify the Council of any changes in the programming of the road closure;
  • To inform all frontages along the affected lengths of road of the nature and duration of the works at least 10 days in advance;
  • To erect, maintain and remove pre-warning signs for a minimum of 10 days prior to the road closure coming into effect;
  • To display statutory notices (provided by the Council) along the affected lengths of road;
  • To design, erect and maintain a fully signed diversion route in accordance with the approved traffic management plan. All temporary signing must comply with Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice and/or Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual, whichever is applicable. 

 

The Councils’ duties:

  • To make the necessary order under Section 14(1) of the Traffic Regulations Act 1984.
  • To approve the most appropriate diversion route;
  • To approve the proposed traffic management plan;
  • To send copies of the statutory notices ‘notice of intent’ and ‘notice of making’ to the applicant;
  • To serve notice of intent and notice of making to the emergency services, local bus services, Parish Councils and Local Ward Members;
  • To publish the notice of intent and notice of making in the local newspaper;
  • To upload the lengths of road to be closed and diversion routes to www.roadworks.org

 

Notice:

A minimum of 12-weeks’ notice is required for this application.  If insufficient notice is received the Authority may require the works or event in question to be deferred.  It is important that the closure period is adequate to cater for any possible contingency.  An extension cannot be guaranteed;

 

Fees and Charges:

The current charge for Milton Keynes Council to process a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 is £2,066.50.  Payment must be made at the same time the application is submitted.    This fee is charged to recompense the Council for its costs in preparing and advertising the Order.  Please be advised that where a particular Order is complex in nature and would result in substantial additional costs, the Council reserves the right to seek an additional contribution, but in this event the applicant would be advised within ten days of the application being received.

 

Maximum period for the closure/restriction:

A traffic regulation Order made under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 can only be in effect for the following maximum periods of time:-

  • 18-months for all roads;
  • 6-months for footpaths, bridleways, redways, cycletracks, byways, underpasses and anything else not adjacent to a road.

*Please be advised that a temporary traffic regulation Order is not required on footways.

 

Alterations and Extensions:

Should you need an extension to an Order or Notice already made, or require changes be made to an Order or Notice previously advertised, please  notify us in writing, giving revised dates and reasons for the change together with an additional payment of £350 towards the costs of publishing additional Public Notices.

 

Advance Public Information:

Applicants are required to arrange for advance information signs showing who is responsible for the works, the start date and anticipated duration, to be positioned at either end of the affected length of road or right of way, approximately two weeks prior to work beginning. Applicants are also required to inform by letter all affected properties and businesses giving full details of the closure and a contact name and telephone number whilst the works are taking place;

 

Traffic Management Plan:

The applicant must provide a comprehensive traffic management plan with a signing schedule for the closure/restriction and alternative route in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual 2006;

 

Traffic Signage: 

Applicants will be required to ensure that all necessary traffic signing requirements are met during the period of operation of any Order in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual 2006. All applicants must submit a signing schedule, for the approval of the Authority not less than three weeks before the effective date of the Order or Notice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all signage and guarding is maintained and inspected throughout the period of the closure;

 

Access (during a closure):

Pedestrians and emergency services should have access over the length of road to be closed and rights of access to properties along the affected highway should also be maintained.  Applicants will be required to ensure that such access is possible at all times, or, if this is not possible, to ensure that alternative arrangements are made which are satisfactory to all affected parties. Please state any arrangements on the application form;

 

Qualifications:

Milton Keynes Council requests that all personnel operating on or near the Highway must be trained in the Street Works and Road Works code of practice and qualified in NHSS 12D M2 – Urban and Rural roads AND/OR NHSS 12AB – High Speed Dual Carriageways or equivalent and where applicable.

 

Removing the closure:

All closures must be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so.  There should be no unnecessary delay on removing the traffic management and all signs must be collected and removed from the highway.  Should any signs be left or abandoned the highway, then the Council will instruct you to collect them.  Failure to recover the signs may result in the Council having to dispose of it. 

GUIDANCE NOTES

Using the correct barriers and signs (Traffic Management):

All barriers and traffic signs must be in accordance with the new Street Works and Road Works code of practice and/or chapter 8 of the signs manual.  This is dependent on the type of road and its speed limit. 

Wearing the correct Personal Protection Equipment (PPE):

All Personal Protection Equipment (“PPE”) must be in accordance with the 2010 code of practice and must be in accordance with the 2010 code of practice and must be worn at all times.  This equipment must include high visibility clothing to EN471 including trousers, safety helmet, steel toecap boots and gloves.

Last Updated: 4 October 2018