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Applying for a road closure or roadwork order

In order to close a road, either temporarily or permanently a Road Traffic Order must be prepared, and advertised prior to the road being closed.

Road Traffic Orders may be made under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1985 or Section 38 of the Highways Act 1986 depending on the type of Order required.

Road closures for roadworks

  • Temporary Road, Lane or Footway closures,
  • Suspension of parking
  • Temporary one way traffic systems

may be authorised for statutory undertakers or private companies whilst work is carried out on or under a highway.

Temporary road closures may also be made for sporting or leisure activities.

See downloadable documents for application forms.

A minimum of 28 days notice must be allowed from receipt of the Application.

All Temporary road closures are advertised in the local press and 7 clear days must occur between the date of the advertisement and the road being closed.

A Traffic Management Plan showing diversion routes and appropriate signage and a plan showing the area and extent of the road closure must accompany the application.

Temporary Road closures may be permitted for a maximum of 6 months.

If an extension is required, an application must be submitted at least 28 days prior to the end of the existing order by submission of a new application form.

Road closures for filming

Applications for road closures for filming or suspension of parking must be submitted 28 days prior to the event. The location manager is responsible for ensuring that full consultation has been undertaken with residents and businesses in the area. Filming orders or suspension of parking orders must be notified in the local newspapers at least 2 weeks before filming takes place.

All temporary road closures are advertised in the local press and 7 clear days must occur between the date of the advertisement and the road being closed.

A plan showing the area and extent of the road closure must accompany the application. 

Road closures for events

Highways Services Section is responsible for approving and making temporary road traffic orders for events held on public roads.

Applications for a temporary closure of a highway made under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1986 apply to applications for permission to hold events such as carnivals, parades, markets etc. These applications must be submitted as early as possible, or no later than 3 months before the event. This is to enable officers to discuss traffic management and safety arrangements with the organisers in good time.

Road races

The Road Races Act 1982 is used for road races such as cycling events, motorcycle races or rallies.

Applications for road races must be submitted as early as possible and not less than 6 months prior to the proposed event. This will enable discussions to be held with organisers to ensure that all legal, safety and traffic management documents and arrangements are in place.

Guidance for organisers of roadworks

Highways Division is responsible for approving and making temporary road traffic orders for road-works and events held on public roads.

  1. Roadworks applications for temporary prohibition or restriction of traffic on roads made under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1985:

a) Applications for temporary restrictions in connection with road works must be submitted at least 28 days before the work commences. The application must include a plan showing the location of the works and the extent of the closure. The alternative routes available to the public must also be identified. Appropriate advance notice of the works must be given.

Notices are required

It is a legal requirement that temporary traffic regulation orders comply with Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1985, ie when an order has been made and is in force, the organiser must post a notice stating the effect of the order, and describing the alternative route or routes available to traffic. The notice must be kept posted in a conspicuous manner at each end of the part of the road to which the order relates, and at the points at which it will be necessary for vehicles or, as the case may be foot passengers, to diverge from the road.

Permanent Road Traffic Orders

Road Traffic Orders are made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1985

Road Traffic Orders are made to legalise parking in disc zones, reserved and disabled parking areas and also to implement 'no waiting' restrictions, speed limits, weight restrictions on certain roads and other miscellaneous traffic restrictions.

Before implementation a Road Traffic Order must be advertised in the local press and the public have 14 days in which they may make representation to the Department or register any objection.

If objections are received they will be considered before a decision is taken on whether the Traffic Order should be made, amended or proceeded with.

When a Road Traffic Order has been made, it is normally monitored for 6 months to ascertain if there are any unforeseen difficulties.

General guidance for all events held on public roads

The following general guidance applies to all bodies or organisers of works, filming or events held on public roads.

  1. It is the responsibility of the organiser of any proposed event, including filming to consult well in advance of the commencement of the work or event with all services which may be affected such as the Police, Local Authorities, statutory undertakers (water, gas, electricity, telecoms, buses and ambulances) as well as notifying all properties, residences, businesses and accesses that may be affected by the work or event.
  2. All events/filming held on public roads must be covered by public liability insurance.
  3. Organisers of events must post advance notice stating the effect of the order, and describing the alternative route or routes available to traffic. The noticemustbe kept posted in a conspicuous manner at each end of the part of the road to which the order relates, and at the points at which it will be necessary for vehicles or, as the case may be foot passengers, to diverge from the road.
  4. When the filming or event has been agreed, Highways Division will make appropriate orders which will be advertised in the local newspapers. The cost of the newspaper notices must be met by the applicant. 
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