Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), Design and Advice

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Traffic Regulation Orders refer to any mode of transport including walking, cycling and driving. A traffic regulation order imposes traffic restrictions, speed limits, prohibition of turns (the restriction of turning left or right, U-turns, etc.) and waiting and loading restrictions. These rules can be imposed on footpaths, bridleways, roads, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.

These processes are put in place to ensure the safe passage of all traffic. The rules put in place are sometimes permanent, temporary, experimental, for use at events and subject to change.

Our experts also give advice on speed limit reviews and policies, on both A and B class roads. We have been involved with the identification of methodology and areas for 20mph treatments

Why are TROs put in place

There are a huge range of reasons as to why a Traffic Regulation Order is put in place. These however depend on the type of order being issued.

  • To avoid danger
  • To prevent road damage or damage to nearby buildings
  • To simplify the passage of traffic on roads
  • To prevent the use of the road by unsuitable traffic
  • To preserve the road
  • To preserve the area in which the road runs through
  • To preserve the natural beauty of an area
  • To avoid, reduce and prevent terrorism
  • To allow works and repairs to be carried out on roads
  • To prevent danger to the public
  • To prevent damage to the road
  • To allow cleaning duties to be carious undisturbed
  • To avoid, reduce and prevent terrorism
Special events
  • To hold an event
  • To allow members of the public to watch an event
  • To reduce the disruption of traffic at an event

Experimental road closures are generally in place for 18 months. They can however be renewed for a further 18 months.

Case Study

We have recently reviewed the prescribed routes consolidation order, in addition to outlining a business case for countywide Civil Parking Enforcement.