Traffic Management Act 2004 (part 2)
Managing congestion is one of our main responsibilities under
the Traffic Management Act 2004.
The Act aims to provide better conditions for all road users
through the proactive management of the network. The key elements
of the Act are Highways Agency Traffic Officers on motorways, a
duty on local traffic authorities to keep traffic moving on their
networks, permit schemes for works and other activities, greater
control of street works, civil enforcement of parking and some
moving traffic offences and the designation of strategic routes in
Network management by local traffic authorities
The Traffic Management Act has placed new responsibilities on
the Council to manage our road network.
Under the Act, all local authorities have to appoint a Traffic
Manager. In practice the role provides a focal point to ensure that
we take account of the Act in all functions and decisions that
could have an impact upon traffic movements. The core
responsibility in this regard is compliance with our duty to keep
traffic moving on our road network (referred to as our Network
In order to meet the requirements of this duty, we are actively
- co-ordinate all works and events on the highway;
- manage our network monitoring systems; and
- make information available to the travelling public.
Our aim is to ensure as far as possible that there is minimum
disruption to the free flow of traffic on our road network and that
of our neighbouring authorities.