Somerset County Council

Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO)


Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) are legal documents to allow the police or local authorities to enforce road restrictions. 

They are used to:

  • help 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  

Examples include speed limits, parking restrictions (single and double yellow lines), weight restrictions, one way streets, no right or left turns and loading bays.

You can find a list of proposed, current and temporary orders in the table below. 

Title of TRO Consultation objection periodOrder start dateType of order Proposed, current or temporary
A38 Bridgwater Road, Adsborough Hill,... 07/09/2017Temporary 30mph speed limit and 10mph...Temporary
Bridgwater Fair 2017 19/09/2017Temporary traffic restrictionsTemporary
Beckington Party in the Field 16/09/2017Temporary traffic restrictionsTemporary
Oare to Malmsmead Bridge 15/09/2017Temporary Width and Weight Restriction...Temporary
Deane DLO Taunton 10K Road Race,... 24/09/2017Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order...Temporary
Frome, various roads31/08/17 - 07/09/17 20 mph zone Order 2017Proposed
Minehead Cycle Race - various roads 09/09/2017Temporary Traffic Restrictions Order...Temporary
Bishops Park Way to Constitution Hill...24/8/2017 to 14/9/2017 Restricted roads and 40mph revocationProposed
Cathedral Green, Wells 16/09/2017Temporary prohibition of vehicles...Temporary
Beckington Party in the Field 2017 16/09/2017Temporary traffic restrictionsTemporary

Our TROs are listed according to what stage they have reached. The stages are:

  • Proposed - TROs at this stage are advertised for consultation. Use the button below to send us any comments about a proposed order.     

Feedback on a proposed order  

  • Current Orders - TROs at this stage have been brought into force and all the appropriate signs and lines have been put in place.   
  • Temporary Orders (TTRO) – We put TTRO in place when it is necessary to temporarily stop or limit vehicle or pedestrian traffic along the road.  

Contact us if you would like us to consider making a Traffic Regulation Order.

Making a Traffic Regulation Order
When you contact us we follow a statutory procedure to produce a formal Traffic Regulation Order. Consultation with local councillors, parish councils, the emergency services, and other specialist groups must take place when appropriate. Local interest groups such as residents, traders and community groups may also be consulted. 

A proposed TRO is advertised in the local press and notices are displayed on the 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 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 and the legal process involved can take many months to complete and legal fees are quite large.

Making a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order
Temporary Orders may be introduced which require a slightly different process and give people an opportunity to give their views. Temporary Orders are used when works affecting the road require short-term traffic restrictions. These usually last no more than eighteen months before they are abandoned, amended, or made permanent. There is an application form and guidance notes in the Information and resources section of this page.


Contact: Roads and Transport Team
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

If there is an urgent problem outside these hours and it is a risk to public safety please phone the police on 101.

If you need to visit a highway area office you can find the address of your local office here.

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