What is Traffic Management and why is it essential?

Traffic management (also known as road traffic control) refers to the act of directing vehicles and pedestrians around some form of disruption.

It’s a combination of measures and processes implemented to prioritise the safety of all road users (inclusive of cyclists, motorbike users and pedestrians) and ensure they move safely and efficiently on road networks through the introduction and control of speed limits, waiting restrictions, traffic signing and road markings.

Creating safer and smoother
driving conditions

Conventional traffic management measurements lead to smoother driving conditions, reduced congestion, and few accidents. 

Examples of traffic management provisions include:

  • Lane and road closures
  • Speed control and speed limits
  • Implementation of traffic light systems
  • Signing, lighting and guarding details
  • Site maintenance and legal issues associated with them
  • Works on roundabouts
  • Works on road junctions

When is Traffic Management required?

It is required when works are being implemented on rural and urban roadways, construction sites, during road resurfacing, local authority works such as tree removal as well as management of traffic flow at events. Management of traffic may also be required during accident and emergency situations and any other settings where disruption may be caused to traffic or pedestrians.

To ensure that appropriate health and safety measures and equipment are implemented and used, traffic management requires Sector Scheme training of personnel. Such training will ensure that the design and installation, maintenance and removal of traffic control plans are done according to local authority requirements and meet required national highway Sector Schemes and comply with health and safety requirements.

Depending on the level of training, traffic management responsibilities can include:

  • The development and monitoring of planned traffic routes
  • Development of risk assessments and method statements
  • On site assessments
  • Installation and commissioning of traffic management systems
  • Removal of traffic management schemes

Without traffic management systems, roads and motorways would be hazardous for those carrying out repair works, drainage, maintenance or other construction or utility works and events. 

Traffic Management systems are usually designed and implemented when traffic control systems have reached maximum capacity and further measures are required to manage road networks. Traffic Management rules and requirements can vary depending on specific conditions of the site, e.g., situations where mobile plant and machinery is in operation or excavations taking place will require ground and / or overhead space and therefore traffic management schemes must be designed in accordance with associated risk assessments.

Traffic management

Traffic Management Personnel
& Sector Scheme 12D Training  

Traffic management personnel have a fundamental duty to support road workers by implementing temporary traffic management to ensure traffic safety. Sector Schemes have been developed to ensure that traffic management personnel are trained to industry standards that are recognised across the UK.

Persons commencing work for the first time in Temporary traffic Management and who do not hold any current NHSS  12ABCD registration cards, must undertake the NHSS 12D M1 Course.

Lantra Traffic Management Sector Scheme 12D Training

At ITS, we offer LANTRA Sector Scheme 12D Traffic Management training across a range of levels including Operative and Supervisory and Management level. LANTRA training has been developed in line with quality assurance requirements and covers all occupational competencies required to implement temporary traffic management while adhering to industry and national standards.

The full list of LANTRA sector scheme 12D TM training includes:

For further advice or details of LANTRA training dates in 2023, please contact us on 028 3839 8700 or email [email protected].

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