What is Effective Traffic Management?

7 Dec, 2023
Construction, roadworks, or other special events require practical and effective traffic control measures to ensure they proceed smoothly with as little impact as possible on the surrounding traffic environment. Designing and then implementing effective control measures within the framework of relevant jurisdictions, codes of practice and guidelines, is key to effective traffic management.

Traffic management refers to controlling the movement of vehicles, pedestrians and other road users to ensure safe and efficient flow on the road network with the aim of improving overall transportation efficiency and enhancing safety. It’s important especially in urban areas where congestion can lead to increased travel times, air pollution and a higher risk of accidents. If any part of the road reserve or public space is required for occupation, traffic management is necessary.

Effective traffic management requires input from all stakeholders involved. They include, but are not limited to; government authorities, transportation agencies, local businesses, residents, contractors, traffic management companies (TMCs) and traffic management designers (TMDs). Productive consultation between the relevant members as necessary lays the foundation for effective traffic management.

The scope of any occupation can vary wildly, from hosting a large multi-day music festival to constructing a vehicle crossover on a local street, and the management strategies vary accordingly. Furthermore, terminology and requirements may vary not only between states and territories in Australia, but also between local councils. Hence liaising with the relevant authorities as a first step is integral to successfully implementing suitable traffic management measures.

A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) is essential as an overarching document to refer to when it comes to implementing traffic management strategies by providing key information for mitigating the impacts associated with the occupation. These measures may be related to altering vehicle and pedestrian movements, providing alternative parking, technologies, limiting movements to a certain time of day as well as physical controls such as safety barriers. TMPs are generally required for long-term occupation, such as the construction of a building.

A Traffic Guidance Scheme (TGS) is a diagram or figure that forms part of the overall TMP. It focuses on the visual aspects of traffic guidance, including the layout and placement of signs and other traffic control devices to guide all road users and pedestrians safely through or around the occupation. TGSs are usually sufficient for short-term or temporary occupation, such as the replacement of a concrete footpath.

Amber Organisation is accredited in both Victoria and New South Wales to prepare TMPs and design TGSs and is proud to be part of the broader sector responsible for implementing effective traffic management. Contact us today if you require a TMP or TGS for your next project.

Written by Rico Kobelt

Written by Rico Kobelt

As a Traffic Engineer for Amber, I’m passionate about the opportunities I get to improve urban design and facilitate positive outcomes for communities. I’m a lifelong learner and enjoy utilising my background in sustainability and engineering to help improve safety and efficiency outcomes in the traffic and transport landscape.
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