A Definitive Guide to Tameside's Traffic Unit
The Traffic Unit is responsible for:
- Traffic Accidents - Investigating and responding to all queries and complaints relating to traffic management and road safety issues. Also, implementing highway improvements such as parking restrictions, new signs and road markings, one-way systems, mini roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.
- Traffic Projects - Implementing new schemes and initiatives to meet the aims and objectives of the Greater Manchester Local Transport Plan. Projects aim to reduce road accidents and promote walking, cycling and public transport in the Borough.
- Streetworks Co-ordination - Ensuring the effective co-ordination of all work on the highway network.
Tameside Council, as Highway Authority, is responsible for managing the use of the boroughs highway network. This includes the implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO link) which can have the effect of placing restrictions on the movement, speed and parking of vehicles. Sometimes physical measures are also implemented which are intended to complement and encourage compliance with the restrictions placed on traffic (traffic calming link). The authority monitors accident and traffic flow information which provides quantifiable data on the boroughs roads (traffic monitoring link).
The council also undertakes or offers numerous other services relating to the highway network (link to other functions).
Whilst the Council does have numerous powers which it can use with regard to the control of the use of the highway network, road users should always be mindful of the rules set out in Highway Code. The current Highway Code is available via the following link; https://www.gov.uk/highway-code/contents
Roads, Highways and Pavements
Temporary Highway Management
Tameside Council, as Highway Authority, is responsible for managing the use of the boroughs highway network, including activities which take place on or in the vicinity of it on a temporary basis. These activities could include but are not limited to roadworks, skips, scaffolds, street parties and events. The council should be informed of any activity which is going to affect the highway so that activities can be coordinated and the public be informed, this helps the council to reduce disruption to the highway network.