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Find information about and apply for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO)

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Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs)

For any temporary restriction of the public highway, you will need to make a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO).

Most TTROs are made in order to close a road or footpath, but they can be made for many other restrictions such as speed limits, one way traffic or parking restrictions. How an Order is made will depend on the reason it is required. The public highway may need to be closed for many different reasons. For example, a road may need to close to allow for repair, maintenance, construction, demolition, or to allow events, demonstrations or street parties to take place. 

Generally, closures will only take place when all other options to control traffic have been considered and are found to not be suitable.

You can view current and planned road closures on our online map, here.

You can find information on applying for a TTRO in different circumstances, below:
 

Closing a Road or Public Right of Way (PROW) for Planned Works

If you wish to apply for a road or PROW to be closed for planned works, please submit a completed Icon for doc TTRO Application Form for work 2022/23 [79.92KB]  to Streetworks Team at least ten weeks in advance of your proposed closure date. This gives us sufficient time to make sure that the closure does not clash with any other works or events, and for us to advertise the closure in the local paper.

The cost of making a TTRO for planned works is in the region of £1,800 and is payable by the applicant. This cost includes advertising fees and admin fees. The applicant will also be responsible for providing all traffic management around the site and restriction. 
 

Closing a Road or Public Right of Way (PROW) for Emergency Works 

If you wish to apply for a road or PROW to be closed for emergency works please submit a completed Icon for doc TTRO Application Form for work 2022/23 [79.92KB]  to Streetworks Team as soon as possible. The cost of making a TTRO for emergency works is £480 and is payable by the applicant. The applicant will also be responsible for providing all traffic management around the site and restriction. 

Closing a Road for an Event or Street Party  

There are two different ways we can close a road for an event or street party. Each method uses different Legislation and has its own criteria that must be met:

Street parties must:

  • not be publicised for the general public
  • invite the residents of one or two streets only
  • not include amplified entertainment
  • not sell alcohol or food
  • take place on a cul de sac (no through road)
  • not include attractions such as fireworks or bouncy castle

If any one of these criteria is not met then then we cannot use Street Party Legislation. 

Events must:

Take place on the public highway and not on private land next to it. If a restriction or closure is required in order to facilitiate access/egress to an event on private land this cannot be covered by event Legislation and must be applied for as planned works for TTRO purposes (see above).  

To close a road for a street party 

Assuming that all of the above critria for a street party is met then there is no requirement for West Berkshire Council to see evidence of Public Liability Insurance although it is strongly advised that all organisers consider taking it out. A robust Risk Assessment must be provided as part of the application. There is no cost to make a TTRO in order to hold a street party. If you are intending to hold a street party, please submit the completed Icon for doc Street Party Application Form [48.5KB]  and Icon for doc Street Party Risk Assessment Template [14.46KB]  to the Traffic and Road Safety Team at least four weeks before the event.

To close a road for an event 

If you wish to apply for a road to be closed for an event on the highway, please submit the completed Icon for doc Event Application Form [129.5KB] , Risk Assessment and evidence of Public Liability Insurance to the Traffic and Road Safety Team at least six weeks before the event is due to take place. There may be a charge depending on the scale of the event. Smaller, community events will not be charged but larger, commercial events may be charged £84 per order made at the discretion of West Berkshire Council. The organisers will also be responsible for providing all traffic management around the event and restriction. West Berkshire Council do not provide traffic management, marshals, signs, cones, or barriers for events. 

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