Traffic Management Plans

Traffic Management Plans


Traffic Management Plans during construction are one of the most significant elements to consider. The aim of the plans is to eliminate or reduce impact of the proposed works to the existing highway network. Safety considerations for all public highway users is balanced with the requirements for the safe construction of the project. 


SANDS Traffic Management Plans Approach


We produce Traffic Sign Manual Chapter 8 traffic management plans for construction activities involving the highway network and construction site movements and requirements using the guidance on the.  We work in conjunction with the local approving authority for TMAN approvals with designs aimed at minimising the impact on the network, road users, residential and business premises in proximity of the proposed works.

  • Keeping pedestrians and vehicles apart with adequate allowance for non-motorised users;
  • Minimising vehicle movements;
  • Ensuring adequate visibility for all vehicle movements around the construction site.
  • Ensuring minimum impact on the local networks
  • Ensuring proposed traffic management route(s) are sufficient for the required vehicle types via route
  • Assessment and vehicle swept path analysis of key junctions and other constrained locations.
  • And limiting the impact on surrounding roads from illegal manoeuvres, rat running and illegal parking.

The TM design is also significantly linked with the Construction Logistic Plan or and the Construction Management Plan to ensure all approaches to the project delivery is seamless

Traffic Management Plans on Site


The law says that you must organise a construction site so that vehicles and pedestrians using site routes can move around safely. The routes need to be suitable for the persons or vehicles using them, in suitable positions and sufficient in number and size. The term ‘vehicles’ includes: cars, vans, lorries, low-loaders and mobile plants such as excavators, lift trucks and site dumpers etc.


The majority of construction transport accidents result from the inadequate separation of pedestrians/ construction workers from vehicles. This can usually be avoided by careful planning, particularly at the design stage, and by controlling vehicle operations during construction work. The Traffic management Plan and construction Logistic plan will work in tandem to minimize vehicle movements, control and separate the movement of people on site, ensure there is adequate visibility and turning opportunities, all supported with adequate signs, instructions, separation and supervision.


Highway Engineering

We understand the importance of highways for both connectivity and economic growth and it forms the basis of our civil engineering offering. We design and deliver complex highway schemes using cost effective and sustainable solutions from concept design to detailed design. Our work includes geometric design, pavement design, drainage design and other associated elements of highways infrastructure.

Drainage Design

Drainage design and flood risk assessment are integral to successful planning applications with great emphasis on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) for stormwater management.  At SANDS our Engineers are highly experienced in developing well balanced drainage strategies and designs towards providing cost effective solutions to discharge planning conditions and project requirements.

Flood Risk Assessment

Flood risk assessments are used to assess risks of all forms of flooding to a development and our drainage designs demonstrate how these flood risks are to be managed as part of the development while taking climate change into consideration. Our flood risk assessment provides a detailed analysis of multiple sources of flood risk proving specific mitigation strategies that apply to your development. Meeting all planning policies and being cost-effective in the easing of flood risk.

Road Safety Audit

Road Safety Audit is often required by highway and planning authorities when changes are proposed to an existing highway or in the creation of a new one. The objective of Road Safety Audits (RSA) is to identify aspects of engineering interventions that could give rise to road safety problems and to suggest modifications that could improve road safety. It is a process that is undertaken by Road Safety Auditors independent of the design team.