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New Guidance Document Published: Traffic Control and Information Systems

  • Monday March 9, 2020

The IHE Guidance Note ‘Traffic Control and Information Systems‘ has been published and recommends and makes reference to good practice to be adopted for all traffic control systems.

It covers all stages of the life cycle, from design and installation, through to maintenance and operation, to decommissioning.

This Guidance Note has been developed by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) as a replacement to TA 84/06, the Code of Practice for Traffic Control and Information Systems for All-Purpose Roads, which was previously published by Highways England as part of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). As part of Highways England’s review of the DMRB, it was decided that TA 84/06 would no longer be part of the suite of documents that form the design manual. The IHE, therefore, have taken on responsibility for the publication of a replacement guidance note to ensure the advice provided by TA 84/06 continues to be available and up-to-date.

This Guidance Note has been produced to assist highway and road authorities, consultants and contractors who design and implement traffic control and information systems. This document is advisory, containing recommendations to assist in the promotion of safety and consistency as part of good design practice for both conventional and innovative traffic signal control systems, signalised crossings, driver information facilities and other intelligent transport systems.

The ongoing publication of this Guidance Note ensures that recognised industry wide advice continues to be made available to traffic signal professionals. This will help to promote high standards, consistency and good design practice across the industry as well as providing confidence to traffic signal and road safety designers, operators, maintainers and auditors undertaking works on traffic signals and intelligent transport systems.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has provided some aspects of good practice which are available together with legislation, guidance and other sources of advice, but there is no single source covering the issues addressed in this document.

The document is available for download on the IHE Publications page:

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