What is a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order?
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is made by the Council when it is necessary to prohibit or control vehicular and / or pedestrian traffic along the highway. TTROs can be applied to roads, footways or public rights of way. The Council can make a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order to cover planned situations, or we can issue an Emergency Notice if regulation is needed without delay.
TTROs are normally used to allow essential or emergency works to be carried out on the highway, typically installation of, or maintenance works to, services such as gas, electricity, water etc. However, roads can also be closed under the Town & Police Clauses Act, for street parties, etc.
TTROs are made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and, from 1st April 2015, the Authority will require 8 weeks notice to process the application. For an event, a minimum notice of 3 months will be required. A consultation process is undertaken with the police, emergency services and other professional bodies. Initial public notification takes the form of advertisements placed in the local press and on the B&NES public website before the legal team makes the Temporary Regulation Order.
A TTRO can have a maximum duration of 18 months for a road and 6 months for a public right of way. Examples of TTROs include:
Street closures i.e street events
To close your street to traffic to let your children play safely you’ll need to apply for a Temporary Playing Out Road Closure Order. The scheme is to encourage children playing together safely in the fresh air under the watchful eye of their guardians and to promote the feeling of safety and cohesion amongst our communities. Bath & North East Somerset Council supports the aims and objectives of Playing Out which enables children to play freely and safely in the street in their local neighbourhood. Application forms and further information are on the Playing Out page.
Street Closure S16A RTRA 1984 (Special Events)
Street Closure S16A RTRA 1984 (Special Events) - provides the authority for closures on roads in connection with relevant events. A relevant event means any sporting event, social event or entertainment which is held on a road, not on adjoining land. This Act should be used if the applicant also wants to request to suspend parking or alter road systems to allow the event to go ahead. There is a requirement in legislation for this application to be advertised.
Street Closures Town Police Clauses Act 1847 S21
Street Closures Town Police Clauses Act 1847 S21 – This application tends to be used for smaller events for preventing obstruction of the streets, public processions, and where the streets are thronged or liable to be obstructed. Events must be similar to “public processions, rejoicing or illuminations”. There is no authority under this Act to suspend parking or remove restrictions e.g altering a one-way system. This does not require to be advertised but consultation with local residents is advised.
Community Street Parties
Applicants who wish to organise a street party for the community may do so. We need the application form and a plan of the area a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the event. It may be necessary to provide a risk assessment and possibly public liability insurance. Bath & North East Somerset Council do not charge a fee where these events are not for profit. The circumstances where a community street party can be applied for are:-
- The event affects a cul-de-sac rather than a through road
- The closure is of a small residential road where the diversion route is considered to be obvious to local motorists and diversion signage is not required.
- The event is organised by residents of the street and is not a commercial event organised for financial gain.
All events on the highway must be agreed by the Highway Authority and the event organiser will be responsible for posting road closed signs, notifying the emergency services and all residents affected by the event.