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Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO)

 

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are legal documents which allow the Police and/or local authorities to enforce various restrictions designed to control or restrict the movement or waiting of traffic on any road which is open to traffic, including public highways. Examples of these can include speed limits, parking restrictions (single and double yellow lines), weight restrictions, one way streets, no right/left turns and loading bays.

We also list gating orders, which allow for the erection of gates to restrict access along a public right of way either at all times or at specific times as defined in the order.

Click on 'About this service' to see a list of proposed and current orders. 

You can use the button below to submit comments regarding a proposed traffic regulation order.

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About this service
Traffic Regulation Orders are used to:

  • assist traffic flow

  • control or direct traffic

  • improve the safety of road users

  • preserve or improve the character or amenity of an area

  • prevent serious damage to roads and bridges

Gating Orders
Gating orders permit us to allow individuals to place gates across highways in order to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.  This can include criminal damage, fly tipping or general nuisance.

The person requesting the Gating Order is responsible for allowing reasonable access along the road for legitimate purposes such as someone wishing to reach property or simply walk along the road to reach another part of the highway network. Generally, gates would only be locked during the hours of darkness.

Our published Traffic Regulation Orders are listed according to what stage they have reached.  The 2 stages are:

Consultation (see Table 1)
TROs at this stage are advertised for consultation with the public and statutory consultees.  Use the do it online button to submit any comments about a proposed order. 

Current Orders (see Table 2)
TROs at this stage have been brought into force and all the appropriate signs and lines have been installed.

Table 1 - Consultation (Please use 'Submit now' button above if you want to comment on a proposed order)  

 Title Objection period Type of order 
Burnham on Sea Triathlon
Plan
  Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order 2014
Creech St Michael speed limits
Plan
10/04/14 to 01/05/14 20mph and 30mph speed limit order 2014
Taunton,  A38, Shuttern, Upper High Street, Mary Street, Billetfield, Hurdle Way, The Mount, Mountway, Mount Street, The Crescent, Billet Street, East Reach into East Street
Plan
  Temporary Combined Order
Glastonbury Fun Run 2014
Glastonbury Fun Run 2014 - Road Closures map
  Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order 2014
Taunton Marathon and Half Marathon
Route Plan, Road Closures and Diversion Routes
  Temporary Traffic Restrictions (Special Events) Order 2014
 A357 Stalbridge, Road Henstridge
A357 Stalbridge Road, Henstridge
13/03/14 to 03/04/14 (30 MPH Speed Limit) Order 2014
 Yeovil Half Marathon
Temporary Traffic Restrictions Plan
   Temporary Traffic Restrictions (Special Events Order) 2014
 Pepperall Road, Highbridge    Notice of Intent (zebra crossing) Order 2014
 Castle Cary Round House Road
Castle Cary
20/02/14 to 13/03/14   Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Order 2014
 Haselbury Plucknett
Haselbury Plucknett
 13/02/14 to 03/03/14  (20mph and 30mph Speed Limit) Order 2014
 High Street, Wincanton
Wincanton
 13/02/14 to 06/03/14  (Prohibition of Motor Vehicles) Order 2014
 A358 Bishops Lydeard Bypass, Bishops Lydeard
Plan
   (Temporary 20mph Speed Limit Order 2014)
Chelston Avenue, Elmhurst Avenue, Glenthorn Avenue and St Georges Avenue, Yeovil
Extents of exisiting parking zone map
 06/02/14 to 27/02/14  (Controlled Parking Zones) (No Loading) (Revocation) Order 2014
 A39, Quantock Road, Bridgwater
Quantock Road
   Temporary TRO for 40mph speed limit, A39 - Quantock Road (for highway works at Sandford Hill)
 Florence Road, Kingston Mews
 Plan
 16/01/14
to
06/02/14
 Revocation and Prohibition of Waiting Order 2014
Egford Hill, Frome
Plan
26/12/13  Temporary extension of 30mph Speed Limit Order 2014
 Ford Farm, Wiveliscombe Road, Norton Fitzwarren
Plan
26/12/13  Temporary 10mph Speed Limit Order 2014
A366 Trowbridge Road (Farleigh Hunderford)
Plan
19/12/13 to
09/01/14
 30mph Speed Limit Order 2014
 Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment no. 4) Order 2013 05/11/13 to
25/11/13
 Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking 
 Benedict Street/A39 Western relief Road, Glastonbury    Notice of Intent (Toucan Crossing) Order 2013
Northload Bridge roundabout/A39 Western Relief Road, Glastonbury    Notice of Intent (Toucan Crossing) Order 2013
 A39 Main Road, Coxley    Notice of Intent (Puffin Crossing) Order 2013
 Berrow Road, Burnham on Sea  03/09/13  Notice of Intent (Puffin Crossing) Order 2013
 The Esplanade, Minehead  26/07/13  Temporary Traffic Restrictions (Minehead Car Boot Sale) Order 2013
 Tonedale, Wellington  16/05/13  Notice of Intent - propose to establish a Zebra crossing on the B3187, Station Road/ Milverton Road
 Hall Road (Riverton Road) Puriton  15/05/13  Notice of Intent - Hall Road (Riverton Road), Puriton (Zebra Crossing) Order 2013
 A38 Taunton Road, Bridgwater  08/05/13  Notice of Intent for a Toucan Crossing A38 Taunton Road, Bridgwater
 Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton
Plan
 07/03/13  Notice of Intent for a Toucan Crossing  B3227 Wiveliscombe Road
 Lisieux Way, Taunton  27/12/12  Waiting Restrictions, Tempororary Order 2012
 A38 Bridgwater Road, Taunton    Notice of Intent Toucan Crossing
 Blackbrook Way, Taunton    Notice of Intent for a Toucan Crossing


Table 2 - Current Orders


 Title of TRO  Date of commencement Type of order 
Somerset County Council, District of Taunton Deane, Parish of Taunton, Temporary One Way Order, Temporary Revocation of Prohibition of Right Hand Turn and Temporary Prohibition of Vehicles Order 2014 17/04/14 Temporary Combined Order
Yeovil Half Marathon  30/03/14 Temporary Traffic Restrictions (Special Events) Order 2014
Taunton Marathon and Half Marathon  06/04/14  Temporary Traffic Restrictions (Special Events) Order 2014
Taunton Deane DC1 - Florence Road (Kingston Mews) Taunton  07/02/14  Revocation and Prohibition of Waiting Order 2014
A356 Trowbridge Road, Fareleigh, Hungerford  07/02/14  30mph Speed Limit Order 2014
 A39 Quantock Road  07/02/14  Temporary 40mph Speed Limit Order 2014
Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No. DC3 - West Quay) Order 2014  17/01/14  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping,   Waiting, Loading and Unloading, and On-Street Parking
 Stockwitch Lane, Podimore Road, Podimore  10/01/14  Prohibition of Right Turn Order 2014
 Drapers Way and Steart Lane, Cutcombe  10/01/14  Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order 2014
 Egford Hill, Frome
Plan
 03/01/14  Temporary Extension of 30mph Speed Limit Order 2014
 Ford Farm, Wiveliscombe Road, Norton Fitzwarren
Plan
 03/01/14  Temporary 10mph Speed Limit Order 2014
Staplegrove Road, Taunton  29/11/13  Temporary Restriction
 Frome Town Centre  29/11/13  Temporary Prohibition of Vehicles (Special Events) Order 2013
West Somerset Order 2012 (Amendment No. DC1) Order 2013  08/11/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street parking
Thickthorn Lane, Ashill, Thickthorn Cross  08/11/13  Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Order 2013
 Doniford Road Williton  01/11/13  30mph Speed Limit Order 2013
Tilney Road (Part) Sellicks Greet in the Parish of Pitminster  25/10/13  (Prohibition of Motor Vehicles ) Order 2013
Bradney Lane, Bawdrip  25/10/13  (40mph Speed Limit) Order 2013
 Parishes of Rushiton, Taunton and West Monkton  11/10/13  (A3088 Priory Avenue, A38 Toneway, A358 Hankridge and Henlade)  (Revocation, Restricted Roads and 40mph Speed Limit Order 2012
 South Somerset Order 2012 (Amendment No.1) Order 2013  04/10/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading, and On-Street Parking
 High Street, Street  27/09/13  Prohibition of Waiting and Limited Waiting Order 2013
 Market Place, King Street and Justice Lane, Frome  20/09/13  Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Order 2013
 Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No.3) Order 2013  20/09/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading, and On-Street Parking
West Quay, Bridgwater  13/09/13  (Castle Street to Town Bridge Section) (Prohibition of Motor Vehicles) Order 2013
 Red Road, Brean  06/09/13   (Temporary Traffic Restriction) Order 2013 (BBC Filming) 
 Lovers Walk, Wells  30/08/13  (Temporary Suspension of Limited Waiting) Order 2013
Bower Lane, Bridgwater  16/08/13  (Temporary Prohibition of Right Turn) Order 2013
 Taunton Deane order 2012 (Amendment No. 4) Order 2013  19/07/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
 West Somerset Order 2012 (Amendment No. 1) Order 2013  24/05/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No. DC2) Order 2013  14/06/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
St John and St Francis Primary School  07/06/13  Gating Order
 Various Roads, Districts of Mendip  24/05/13  (Temporary Traffic Restrictions) Temporary Closure of Footpaths and Bridleways - Glastonbury Festival 2013 Order 2013
 A361 Pilton  17/05/13  30mph Speed Limit Order 2013
 Various Roads, Brompton Regis  17/05/13  (Temporary Traffic Restrictions) Order 2013 Ironman Triathlon Event, Wimball Lake
Marshfield Road, Silvermead, Minehead  17/05/13  Prohibition of Waiting Order 2013
 Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No. DC1) Order 2013  10/05/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No:DC1) Order 2013
Various Roads, Yeovilton  10/05/13  Temporary Traffic Restrictions and Temporary Closure of Footpaths and Bridleways (Special Events) Order 2013
 Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No: 2)
Plan
 03/05/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking, Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No 2) Order 2013
East Somerset Way and Access Road into Morrisons, Wells  03/05/13  Prohibition of U-Turn Order 2013
Various Roads, Brompton Regis  03/05/13  Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order 2013 Ironman Triathlon Event Wimball Lake
 Various Roads in Glastonbury  26/04/13  Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order 2013 Glastonbury Fun Run
 Various Roads in Wells  26/04/13  Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order 2013 Wells Fun Run
 Sandringham Road  19/04/13  NOI of making a Gating Order
Various Roads in Taunton  19/04/13  Waiting Restrictions, 30mph Speed Limit and One Way Road Temporary Order 2013 
 Berkley Street, Berkley  05/04/13  30mph Speed Limit Order 2013
 Hyde Lane (Part) (Northern End) Bathpool  15/03/13  Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Order 2013
A38 Chelston Link, Wellington  15/03/13  Prohibition of Right Turn Order 2013
 Various Road, Yeovil  15/03/13  Temporary Traffic Restrictions (special events) Order 2013, Yeovil Half Marathon
Sedgemoor Order 2012 (Amendment No 2) Order 2013  15/02/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
 Goosenford, Cheddon Fitzpaine and West Monkton  01/02/13  30mph Speed Limit Order 2013
Drapers Way and Steart Lane Cutcombe  18/01/13  Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order 2013
Princes Street, Yeovil and Court Ash, Yeovil  11/01/13  Loading Bay Order 2013 and On-Street Parking Places Amendment Order 2013
A39/Holy Well Lane, Edington  11/01/13  Prohibition of Right Turn Order 2013
 Princes Street, Yeovil  11/01/13  Loading Bay Order 2013
 Mendip Order 2012 (Amendment No. 1) Order 2012  04/01/13  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
 Lisieux Way, Taunton  07/01/13  Waiting Restrictions Temporary Order 2012
 Taunton Deane Order 2012 (Amendment No 2)  23/11/12  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
Taunton Deane Order 2012 (Amendment No 1)  06/07/12  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
Taunton Deane Order 2012
Maps
 08/06/12  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
 Mendip Order 2012
Maps
 08/06/12  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
Sedgemoor Order 2012
Maps
 08/06/12  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
 South Somerset Order 2012
Maps
 08/06/12  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
 West Somerset Order 2012
Maps
 08/06/12  Prohibition and Restriction of Stopping, Waiting, Loading and Unloading and On-Street Parking
 Mountway Road, Taunton  04/05/12  (Prohibition of Driving) (Bus Gate) Order 2012
 Various Roads in the Taunton Deane Area  22/12/11  (Prohibition of Driving) (Bus Gates) Order 2011


Who can use it?
We make Traffic Regulation Orders in consultation with the Police and other local authorities. Members of the public may participate in the process during the consultation and advertisement stages.

How do I use it?
Contact us if you would like us to consider making a Traffic Regulation Order or a Gating Order.

What happens next?
A formal Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) requires a statutory procedure to be followed. Firstly, Consultation with local councillors, parish councils, the emergency services, and other specialist groups when appropriate must take place. Local interest groups such as residents, traders and community groups may also be consulted where appropriate.

A proposed TRO is advertised in the local press and Notices are displayed on roads that are affected. Copies of the Notice may also be delivered to premises likely to be affected. The Notice can be viewed at a nominated council office during working hours and for at least 21 days from the start of the Notice period.

Objections to the Notice must be made in writing to the address specified on the Notice within the 21 day period. Contentious issues are then reported to and considered by local councillors. When considering the objections councillors may decide to:

  • allow the TRO to proceed as advertised

  • modify the TRO to take into account the objections

  • or abandon the TRO

The Order may be formally sealed once all standing objections have been considered. Modifications to the proposals resulting from objections could require further consultation. TROs can take many months to complete and legal fees are quite substantial.

Occasionally Temporary Orders or Experimental Orders may be introduced which require a slightly different process and give people an opportunity to put forward their views. Temporary Orders are used when works affecting the highway require short-term traffic restrictions. Experimental Orders are used in a situation that needs monitoring and reviewing. These usually last no more than eighteen months before they are either abandoned, amended, or made permanent.

How long does it take?
The legal process involved in making a Traffic Regulation Order or a Gating Order can take up to 12 months.

How much does it cost?
Traffic Regulation Orders are normally provided free of charge, apart from where they are made as a result of new property development. The process for obtaining a Developer TRO costs approximately £3000.00, although this will increase significantly if objections to the TRO are received.

It doesn't cost anything to request a Gating Order.  However you will be responsible for the costs involved in providing the gate and meeting the council's reasonable legal costs which will be in the region of £1250.00.  The major part of the legal costs involved covers advertising the Gating Order in local newspapers.  This is a requirement of the legislation.

Laws and regulation
Most traffic management policy stems from documents produced by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Highways Agency (HA). Some of these are statutory Acts and Regulations, whilst others are for guidance.

The principal legislation is:

  • Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

  • Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002

  • Transport Act 2000

  • Highways Act 1980

  • Highways Act 1980 Section 129a Gating Orders 

Contacts

Contact: Roads and Transport Team
Email: roadsandtransportSD@somerset.gov.uk
Contact no: 0845 345 9155
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday closed.

If an incident occurs outside these hours and is deemed a risk to public safety please contact the Police on 101.

If you need to visit an area highways office, please find the contact details below:

West Somerset Area Highways Office
Address:
Mart Road Industrial Estate, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BJ
Email: countyroads-westsom@somerset.gov.uk
Contact no: 0845 345 9155
Fax: 01643 700724
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
West Somerset Area Highways opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

Sedgemoor Area Highways Office
Address:
Dunball Industrial Estate, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4TP
Email: countyroads-sedgemoor@somerset.gov.uk
Contact no: 0845 345 9155
Fax: 01278 685283
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
Sedgemoor Area Highways opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.


South Somerset Area Highways Office
Address:
Mead Avenue, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8RT
Email: countyroads-southsom@somerset.gov.uk
Contact no: 0845 345 9155
Fax: 01935 845845
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
South Somerset Area Highways opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.


Taunton Deane Area Highways Office 
Address:
Burton Place, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4HE
Email: countyroads-tdeane@somerset.gov.uk
Contact no: 0845 345 9155
Fax: 01823 324563
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
Taunton Deane Area Highways opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

Mendip Area Highway Office
Address: Wells Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9AS
Email: countyroads-mendip@somerset.gov.uk
Contact no: 0845 345 9155
Fax: 01458 837149
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
Mendip Area Highways Office opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed

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