Any time that a large-scale construction project is planned, it is necessary to put in place a Construction Traffic Management Plan. A good plan will ensure that construction activities go smoothly and construction can be completed on schedule, avoiding unnecessary delays, and providing for the safety and security of construction workers and other local residents. The main aim of a CTMP is to regulate the number of construction vehicles, which is usually over twenty or more, in use on site during any one working day. This is done by controlling the flow of traffic through designated routes and making sure that there is enough space for all vehicles to travel. In order to put these measures into effect, a construction traffic management plan is required.
In order to get a construction traffic management plan approved, you will need to submit it to your local council and include with it a list of all work that will require construction traffic management plan permission. This plan will usually, but not necessarily, be required under the terms of planning permission. Other contents should include: route of excavation, temporary loading and unloading, excavation, marking, lighting and other general works. The local council will also need to know about any previous building work in the area, such as asbestos disposal, road works, industrial waste disposal and so forth. These are all facts which the local council will take into account, when deciding whether a construction traffic management plan is required.
The main aim of a construction traffic management plan is to allow construction workers and local residents to safely and easily move around on site, using construction vehicles that meet stipulated criteria and regulations. This allows for a smooth daily commute for all residents and minimises the disruption caused by construction activities. It should also allow construction workers to carry on their jobs uninterrupted, allowing them to complete the job fully and on schedule. It is not uncommon for some construction companies to hire an external firm to manage their construction traffic management needs, in order to free up their staff for more important jobs. In this case, a construction traffic management plan would then be implemented in order to ensure that all construction vehicles are operating in a manner which meets legal requirements and allows the company to continue working.