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1 Safe roads, reliable journeys, informed travellers The Delivery Hub health, safety and environment Raising the bar 2 Traffic management entry and exit Version I - July 2012 An executive agency for the Department for Transport

2 2 Contents Scope Page 3 Part A Prior to entry with traffic management Entry on site Vehicles and plant within static closures Single carriageway stopping and parking Traffic management operatives Total closures Exiting site General Emergencies Part B Additional requirments for short duration hard shoulder stops Page 3 Page 6

3 3 Scope This document is for personnel entering and exiting traffic management. It is not intended for those placing traffic management. Part A A1 Prior to entry with traffic management All personnel are to wear high visibility trousers and class 3 specification jackets with long sleeves to EN 471, and be worn at all times and always on the outside of waterproof clothing. All vehicles on site must be fitted with a 360 degree twin flashing light beacon or bar which is only required to be illuminated when entering, leaving or moving within a site traffic management area or conducting mobile lane closure activities. Note: Beacons must be 360 degree visible at all times, this may require additional units to be fitted. Vehicles must also to display HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE stickers (70mm high lettering for cars and 140mm for all other vehicles) A minimum of 22cm x 30cm of red and yellow micro prismatic reflective markings must be fitted at the rear of the vehicle Vehicle markings as illustrated (Fig 1. and Fig 2.) Vehicles to be kept in a clean condition All personnel are to be briefed on the daily location of the access and exits points prior to entry into or exit from traffic management. Access and egress into and out of site will only be permitted at signed access and exit points. Ensure that there are no loose items in the vehicle that could blow out when doors are opened such as tarpaulins, plastic sheets, maps, paperwork. A2 Entry on site Manoeuvre into the correct lane. About 200 yards prior to the access, turn on the flashing beacon and dipped headlights, make the appropriate signal indication and decrease speed. Check your mirrors to ensure vehicles behind you are at a safe distance from you. HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE Fig 1. Fig 2. continued

4 4 About 100 yards prior to the access, check the access is clear for entry; slow down. Check your mirrors to ensure vehicles behind you are at a safe distance from you. If not, cancel the beacon and indicator and drive on. On entry to the site, move away from the access and stop to ensure that no members of the public have followed you into the works. Do not tailgate other vehicles into the works as they may stop unexpectedly. Once it is confirmed that no members of the public have followed you, move away from the entry point to allow access for others. Areas by the entry and exit points are to be kept clear of plant and materials at all times so as not to hinder sight lines. On no account stop on the live carriageway. Whilst moving vehicles in the work area, the beacon is to be kept on, however, once parked the beacon and dipped headlights shall be turned off. A3 Vehicles and plant within static closures Ensure you are aware of the site speed limit. When parking or placing materials, access for others must be maintained. No U turns are permitted within the static closure unless there is a full carriageway closure. The reversing of all vehicles within closures to be minimised. Vehicles (other than cars or car derived vans) are only to reverse with the assistance of a vehicle marshal unless fitted with mirrors, reversing aid (such as CCTV) and in a pedestrian exclusion zone. Machine operators must ensure that no part of their machine is into or over the coned safety zone. (Both lateral or longitudinal) All plant left on the network overnight must be left in a safe position: 4.2m back from the hard shoulder kerb behind an existing vehicle safety fence or bridge abutment. All plant left on the Network overnight must be immobilised. All persons working outside traffic management on short duration hard shoulder stops shall be in possession of a Highways Agency motorway pass. No other works are permitted outside traffic management. Under no circumstances is traffic management to be moved other than by a qualified traffic management operative. A4 Single carriageway stopping and parking Also relevant for motorway slip roads with no hard shoulders. Single carriageway stopping and parking is only permitted within traffic management where the procedures in A3 will be followed. A5 Traffic management operatives Only trained and experienced traffic management operatives are to install traffic management layouts or cross a live carriageway. When crossing a live carriageway, operatives should only commence the crossing when traffic flows offer a suitable gap to make the crossing in full, without the need to stop in between live traffic lanes. (See Health and Safety Executive guidance sheet 53). A6 Total closures All total closures will have chicanes every 500m to reduce the speed of site traffic. During a total closure remain alert for any members of the public ignoring signs and cones and trying to drive through the works. continued

5 5 A7 Exiting site When you are ready to leave, ensure your flashing beacon and dipped headlights are switched on. Use the closed lane with signed exit point as an acceleration lane. Once up to a reasonable speed indicate and move out into the carriageway when safe to do so. Once safely within the traffic flow, switch off indicator, flashing beacon and dipped headlights (subject to light levels). A8 General Observe all instructions given by Supervisors. A9 Emergencies All individual gangs on site must have a means of communication (radio or mobile phone only for use in a stationary vehicle) to summon help in the event of an emergency. Supervisors or operatives shall, in the event of an emergency, follow the lawful instructions of the Police. Inform your supervisor immediately of all incidents / accidents involving the public (slips, trips, falls, traffic accidents, any incident which you could be alleged to have caused) with brief details of when / where / who / how the incident occurred. Never walk into or through the coned safety zone. All coned off areas adjacent to work fronts must have a life line. Unless you are a designated traffic management operative installing or removing the traffic management you are not permitted to move traffic cones or work in any area that does not have a 1.2m safety zone and life line fitted. Where accidents or breakdowns occur on the live carriageway do not leave the coned areas to assist. Contact the regional control centre (RCC). In the event of illness, contact any member of staff as soon as possible.

6 6 Part B Only those with a Highways Agency motorway pass can conduct short duration work on hard shoulder. B1. Additional requirments for short duration hard shoulder stops Short duration stops on hard shoulders (max 15 minutes) Switch on flashing beacons and indicate left. Remove keys and valuables from the vehicle (there has been a fatality when a works vehicle which had the keys left in the ignition was stolen from within the traffic management by a member of the public and hit an operative whilst escaping.) Access or egress vehicles, whenever practicable, from the side of the vehicle furthest away from live traffic. If this is not practicable ensure that you access or egress vehicles only when there is a suitable gap in the traffic flow. Check your mirrors to ensure vehicles behind you are at a safe distance from you. Work area Vehicle to show hazard beacons and hazard warning lights Hard shoulder Use the hard shoulder as a deceleration lane before coming to a halt, watch for debris. Pull over to the left as far as you can and turn your front wheels to the nearside verge (fend off position) with a 1.2m safety zone between your vehicle and the live lane. Do not park directly behind the work area as if the car rolls or is hit from behind, with the wheels turned to the nearside verge it will enter the work area. If practicable exit and enter vehicles from the nearside doors. Restrict your time on the hard shoulder to a minimum. Any work lasting longer than 15 minutes will require traffic management in accordance with Traffic Sign Manual Chapter 8 hard shoulder closure. When walking or working on the hard shoulder face the oncoming traffic whenever possible, and work in pairs one watching, and one working. Leave flashing beacons on.

7 If you need help using this or any other Highways Agency information, please call and we will assist you. Crown copyright You may re-use this information (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view this licence, visit or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or This document is also available on our website at If you have any enquiries about this publication or call Please quote Highways Agency publications code PR82/12 Highways Agency media services Bedford S120430

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