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Traffic management orders

The traffic management order process and statutory consultation

This page provides information about traffic management orders and notices for permanent and experimental schemes generated from within the council. 

Information regarding temporary traffic orders - e.g. for road closures to enable streetworks or construction, is available here.

Traffic management orders (TMOs) are documents which provide the legal backing for the enforcement of road, traffic or parking schemes under the relevant national legislation.

Follow traffic order consultations to view statutory consultation documents for current road, traffic or parking schemes.  A form for responding to these consultations is provided here. 

A selection of frequently requested traffic orders are also available.

Permanent orders

Permanent orders give rise to the majority of signs and lines that are placed on streets. Examples of these are:

  • Single/double yellow lines
  • Parking places
  • Prohibited and compulsory turns
  • One-way traffic working 
  • Speed limits

Please note, not all on street restrictions require an order, bus stop clearways and box junctions being two examples.

Experimental orders

Experimental orders are used to enable the council to monitor the effect and vary as necessary. The duration of an experimental order lasts no more than eighteen months before they are either: allowed to lapse, amended or made permanent.

Road humps and pedestrian crossings

TMOs are not required for road humps or pedestrian crossings but similar procedures with regards to Public Notices and objections apply.

TMO Procedures

By law, the council is required to publish notices in a local newspaper which advertise the proposal and effects of TMOs. In some cases the notices are also published in the London Gazette. You can view our traffic order consultations to view notices and statutory consultation documents for current road, traffic or parking schemes.

If the council feels additional publicity is needed for a TMO they can choose to erect notices on lamp columns in the street to which any TMO proposal relates.

In the case of permanent and experimental orders the council must consult statutory bodies such as the Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Bus Operators, Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association. Also, other stakeholders such as cycling and disability groups will be contacted if any TMOs affect them.

How to object to or make a representation in respect of a proposed TMO

The way in which you can object to or make a representation in respect of a proposed TMO is outlined in the Public Notice and a deadline by which any such objections or representations should be received given. The council is legally obliged to consider every objection that is sent, and will reply in due course to acknowledge that objection, and to inform you of the appropriate decision maker's determination of that objection.

A form for responding to TMO consultations is available here.

After the making of a TMO, if the public feel the council has not followed the correct procedures in making the order they can appeal to the High Court within six weeks of the TMO being made.

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