Road works and temporary traffic management
Temporary parking restrictions or road closure
Sometimes works on streets require temporary traffic management by means of:
- Parking restrictions
- Road or footway closure
- Towpath closure or
- Footpath closure
Such temporary traffic management requires a temporary traffic management order to be made by the Local Authority. To apply, see temporary traffic management order procedure.
“Parking restrictions” refers to unrestricted lengths of carriageway, or lengths which are subject to limited restrictions and where the undertaker or contractor require new or extended restrictions to be in force during the execution of the works. The restrictions may be waiting restrictions (yellow lines) and/or loading restrictions (yellow blips marked on the kerbs).
Temporary suspension of parking bays and other parking related matters
A number of parking-related matters may be provided by the Council without the need for a traffic order. These include:
- Suspending parking bays (inside a controlled parking zone)
- Dispensations to allow a contractor to park on a yellow line
- House removal – suspending parking bay. This is applicable only in controlled parking area (marked bays). For houses, which are not in controlled parking area, please see temporary parking restrictions or road closure above.
If you have questions about these, contact Parking.
They will provide all necessary signs and will advise you of the charges which will apply.
Footway or pavement closure policy
Footway forms either part of a carriageway/road usually referred as pavement. Contractors must always provide a means of pedestrian access to properties adjoining the works. Pedestrian traffic will usually be diverted to the pavement on the opposite side of the road. if only one side of the road has a pavement, pedestrian traffic may have to be diverted onto the carriageway with suitable traffic management provided. A temporary order is usually only required if a footbridge is to be closed. However, before carrying out any of the above, the contractor must notify the Council for its approval.
Temporary traffic signals
If the works require temporary traffic signals only, please submit a temporary traffic signals notification form(pdf, 20KB). The undertaker or contractor must submit this form for approval at least 2 weeks before the restriction needs to come into force. The person or organization carrying out the works will be responsible for providing the temporary signals and all associated traffic management.
To suspend existing traffic signal/pedestrian crossing, contact Transport for London switchboard, telephone: 0207 126 2345.
Street works license – Section 50
Richmond Council may grant a licence under section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 to place and maintain apparatus in the street.
A streetworks licence is required by anyone who is not a "statutory undertaker", i.e.water, gas or electricity boards or telecoms companies.The licence requires that public liability insurance is provided and that the persons excavating in the street are qualified to do so.
Details of these works are added to our Roadworks list.
Any utility company who wishes to place a container on the road whilst carrying out there works must complete a container application form (MS Word, 141KB) and pay the relevant fee. All information is included within the application pack(pdf, 52KB).
Safety requirements and traffic signs
Contact Highways and Transport
Please send all application forms and other documents to:
Highways and Transport
44 York Street
Telephone 0845 6122 660
Fax: 020 8487 5010
For information about parking, please see the Parking pages