Transport for London (TfL) has introduced a Temporary Traffic Management Handbook as part of the commitment to safety on the capital’s roads.
This particular publication will help to tackle the blight of unsafe roadworks, giving all organisations clear guidance and innovative ideas that will help to keep people safe around roadworks.
It comes after TfL prosecuted a firm for putting in place a series of unsafe roadworks.
The publication of the Temporary Traffic Management Handbook is aimed at ensuring a repeat of this is avoided in future.
It is another example of TfL’s Vision Zero commitment, which is targeting the elimination of all deaths caused as a result of collisions by 2040.
Unsafe roadworks were responsible for 99 deaths or serious injuries on the capital’s road network between 2005 and 2017.
As a result, it has become part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero ambition and the Temporary Traffic Management Handbook sets out good practice for those involved with roadworks, from planning and design, through to completion.
TfL believe that roads will be made safer for vulnerable road users such as those walking, cycling or on motorbikes, but will also unlock barriers to active travel that are encountered by the visually impaired, and people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids.
Isabelle Clement, Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, said: “Wheels for Wellbeing welcomes having been involved in the development of TfL’s new Temporary Traffic Management Handbook.
“We welcome the recommendations that works promoters be mindful of the fact that not all cyclists can easily dismount and proceed on foot and that marshals receive disability equalities training to assist disabled cyclists.
“The onus is on developers, contractors and others who place roadworks on and around the highway to ensure that those who use a cycle as a mobility aid are not cut off from their homes, work or leisure by poorly planned roadworks.
“The acknowledgement of this in the new handbook is greatly welcome and we look forward to continuing to work with TfL in the future.”