Last updated:

17th July 2023

Public rights of way temporary traffic regulation orders

Temporary public rights of way closure orders explained

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) must be made to allow temporary closure and other temporary road restrictions to take place. Under the current regulations, two notices must be published in the press, one stating the intention to make the TTRO and another stating that the TTRO has been made.

We inform various groups and organisations, such as Thames Valley Police, the emergency services and other bodies as part of this process. It is the applicant's responsibility, if the closure is agreed, to identify, inform and/or consult with all those affected such residents, businesses and bus companies.

As part of your application you will need to provide a detailed plan showing the route of your proposed diversion route and associated diversion signing.

Your responsibilities

For all closures, it will be your responsibility to provide appropriate signs that comply with Department of Transport (DfT) regulations for the closure and the alternative route. You must use DfT approved (New Roads and Street Works Act, Chapter 8) personnel or companies for this; Wokingham Borough Council do not supply traffic management or traffic management plans and the cost of the signage is not included in the cost of the TTRO.

We do not hold a list of approved traffic management companies and unfortunately cannot recommend a traffic management company for works.

Advanced warning signage must be placed on site three weeks ahead of the TTRO. The signs must comply with DfT regulations and include the following;

  • Who is doing the works
  • Why the works are being undertaken,
  • Start date
  • Duration of works
  • A contact number for the work

You will also need to consider whether any bus services will be affected by the closure. If any bus stops need to be suspended, it is your responsibility to contact the organiser

It is the applicant's responsibility to inform all stakeholders who are likely to be affected by the road closure or road restriction. This could include residents, parish councils, schools, businesses and churches. Every application is different, so all stakeholders in the area affected by the road closure will have to be carefully considered, then informed and/or consulted. This allows stakeholders to make alternative arrangements during the closure period. We will work with you during the application process to ensure an effective approach is agreed.


A TTRO currently costs £2,596.50 which includes the cost of advertising.

How to apply

We need at least 12 weeks notice to carry out the required legal procedures. We cannot accept applications that are submitted with less that 12 weeks notice.

If it can be demonstrated that the works are urgently needed to fix or prevent a hazard then a we might issue Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice. Call us on 0118 974 6000 to discuss this.

Use our online form to :

Apply for a temporary traffic regulation order

How long the application takes

The application normally takes 6 to 8 weeks to process.

Before we can approve the application we need to advertise in the local press twice.


Read the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 on the UK government website.

Appealing a decision

If you disagree with a decision you should contact us (needs confirmation).

You can submit a formal appeal at the local magistrates court.

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