According to Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulation 2013, to carry out any construction/maintenance work on any public roads, a contractor shall develop a traffic management plan to ensure the safety and health of the road workers and road users.
What is a traffic management plan?
A traffic management plan/temporary traffic management plan (often shortened to a “TMP” or “TTMP”) is essentially a suite of documents that give details on the proposed measures which are to be implemented to ensure the safety and integrity of the road workers and road users whilst the construction work is being carried out. These documents shall be prepared by an experienced Temporary Traffic Management Designer with a valid certificate and knowledge of the current legislation. To ensure compliance, the Traffic Management Designer must carefully consider the characteristics of the site and develop a traffic management plan which best addresses the site constraints in a safe manner in so far as is reasonably practicable by the application of the following:
- Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual.
- Temporary Traffic Management Design Guidance.
- Temporary Traffic Management Operations.
The traffic management plan should be submitted to the relevant Local Authority for approval prior to carrying out any roadworks on public roads.
What does a traffic management plan include?
A traffic management plan needs to cover the design, implementation, maintenance, and removal of the temporary traffic management (often shortened to “TTM”) measures to minimize the risk of accidents while the roadworks activity is carried out. At a minimum, the traffic management plan shall address the following:
- Hours of Work
- Duration of Works
- Project Details
- Traffic Management System
- Traffic Management Layout/Drawing
- Phasing of Works
- Traffic Management Signage
- Speed Limits
- Road Level
- Design Parameters
- Site Access & Egress
- Communication and Emergency Procedure
The traffic management plan shall be prepared according to the latest legislation and shall be included in the Safety and Health Plan of the project.
What is a Traffic Management System?
A traffic management system (traffic control method) is essentially the type of traffic control measure that is to be implemented to direct vehicles and pedestrians around the works whilst ensuring the safety of road workers. Some methods of traffic control are:
- Two-Way Traffic
- Give & Take
- Stop & Go
- Temporary Traffic Signals
- All Stop & Convoy
- Road Closure
- Lane Closures
- Semi-Static Operations
- Mobile Lane Closures
What is a temporary traffic management layout?
A temporary traffic management layout (TTML) is a drawing that outlines the traffic control measures which are to be implemented and gives details on the type of control which should be implemented, safe movement of pedestrians, type of delineation device, safety barriers, etc.
We produce the highest quality traffic management layouts/drawings which come with our traffic management plans and have a guaranteed success rate of approval from the Local Authority. All temporary traffic management layouts/drawings are easy to read by the construction workers and can be completed at any scale required by the project (e.g., 1:500), and with a fast turnaround time.
Where do I apply for a road opening license?
To apply for a road opening license, you can visit https://maproadroadworkslicensing.ie/MRL/ which is the national system for the management and processing of roadworks license applications.
I need a traffic management plan; what do I do next?
If you need a traffic management plan for your construction site, contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you ensure the safety of everyone involved.