New guidance on temporary traffic controls adds options on 'wicket' signs


A new section of the Traffic Signs Manual (TSM) has been published, updating guidance relating to temporary traffic management measures.

The new section is Part 3: Update of TSM Chapter 8, which covers Traffic Safety Measures and Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations. It provides information on changes to the methods used to prescribe traffic signs in the 2016 Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD).

A 'wicket' sign

The document introduces new options for lane control ‘wicket’ signs and guidance on how these new options should be applied to different types of schemes.

While it does not replace the design of temporary traffic management arrangements the document does provide updates on relaxation schemes and on selecting safe methods of installing signs and other equipment.

The new chapter clarifies that, in most cases, the same signs will be used in the same situations as shown in TSM Chapter 8 Parts 1 and 2 (2009), which cover respectively the design of temporary traffic management arrangements and their implementation, maintenance and removal.

It provides a reference on where the requirements for individual signs in the TSRGD and design information can be found.

On temporary traffic management design. the new document states: 'Practitioners and employers are encouraged to consider relevant professional certificates or third party accreditation e.g. IHE [Institute of Highway Engineers] professional certificate.'

The TSM is applicable in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


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