Traffic Management FAQs

Frequently Asked Traffic Management Questions

Here we have gone through all the most commonly asked traffic management questions and given a thorough answer to each. If you have any traffic management questions you would like answering, get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.

What is traffic management?

Traffic management is the planning, implementation, installing and maintaining of a traffic control system, such as traffic lights, lane closures, diversions and ‘stop & go’, that will separate road workers from road users with minimum disruption to traffic flow and allowing the maintenance of the UK’s road system. One of the main reasons traffic management is important to road users is that it significantly decreases the chance of accidents occurring on the road.

What is traffic management system?

A traffic management system is the planning of placing traffic lighting, signage and guarding on the carriageway that meets all the standards laid out in chapter 8 of the industry’s code of practice, entitled ‘Safety at Street Works’, also known as the ‘Red Book’.

Why traffic management is necessary

Traffic management is necessary as it provides a safe environment for those working on the roads and for the general public who are using the UK’s road system. By implementing a safe traffic management system where needed, we can reduce the risk of accidents on the road.

What is a traffic management operative?

A traffic management operative is a person that is fully trained to the NHSS sector schemes for traffic management standard.

What is active traffic management?

Active traffic management is a system normally defined as two, three or four way traffic lights or a more complicated urban traffic control (UTC) system. It’s opposite is passive traffic management, such as a lane closure.

What is Contraflow?

Contraflow is where traffic is transferred to the opposite side of a carriageway to share with traffic going in the other direction. This is often needed on motorways to allow for lane closures whilst resurfacing work is done.

What is high speed traffic management?

High speed traffic management refers traffic management performed on high-speed dual carriageway and motorways with or without a hard shoulder. High speed traffic management often requires the use of Impact Protection Vehicles (IPV), Contraflow systems, Portable VMS (variable message signs), Hard shoulder closures, Lane closures and more.

Who controls traffic lights?

Traffic lights are usually controlled through automatic sensors or timers, but in some cases will be controlled by a local controller.

Do traffic lights have sensors?

Yes some traffic lights do have sensors, but most commonly in the suburbs where there isn’t a constant flow of traffic. We will usually install timed traffic lights in the cities like London where there is a constant flow of traffic.

When traffic lights are out who has priority?

Nobody has priority when traffic lights are out. Drivers are to treat it as an unmarked junction, assume others will believe they have the right of way and proceed with caution.

What are the cameras on top of traffic lights used for?

The cameras on top of traffic lights are used to measure stationary traffic and pedestrians at the crossing. They do not flash for driving offences.