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Traffic Regulation Orders

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are legal documents that enable us as the local highway authority to prohibit, restrict or reduce the use of a road by traffic. This includes motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. We implement TROs in line with:

  • The Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984
  • The Local Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996

Measures we can bring in using TROs include:

  • Road or public right of way closures
  • Speed limits
  • On-street parking
  • Waiting, loading and unloading areas and time limits
  • Single and double yellow lines
  • One-way streets
  • Access and turning
  • Prohibition of certain types of vehicles
  • Width, height and weight restrictions
  • Bus and cycle lanes
  • Taxi ranks

These measures and regulations help us to:

  • Improve road safety
  • Preserve or improve the character or amenity of an area
  • Prevent use of a road by unsuitable vehicles
  • Prevent serious damage to the highway
  • Prevent damage to any building or near the highway
  • Reduce and manage congestion
  • Preserve or improve local air quality

Types of Traffic Regulation Orders

The main types of Traffic Regulation (TRO) that we use are Permanent, Temporary and Experimental. All three require a consultation process.

Permanent Traffic Regulation Orders

We must follow a statutory procedure when implementing a Permanent TRO. Once made, a Permanent TRO remains in force until superseded or revoked.

Visit our Permanent TRO page to see the schemes currently under consultation.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders

We use Temporary TROs to cover events on the highway and roadworks. They can be made for a period up to 18 months.

Visit our Temporary TRO page to see the schemes currently under consultation.

Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders

We use Experimental TROs to see if a scheme will work in practice. They can be made for up to 18 months. They may become permanent if successful.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government gave funding for the delivery of pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions and bus-only corridors. These quick measures support the recovery from Coronavirus by helping people to walk and cycle more, whilst creating space for pedestrians so they can adhere to the social distancing rules.

Visit our Experimental TRO page to see the schemes we consulted on.

Visit our Coronavirus walking and cycling schemes page for more information about the project.


Policy and Regulation Team