TfL tackles unsafe roadworks with new handbook

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TfL has published a new handbook giving all companies who want to do work on London’s roads ‘clear guidance and innovative ideas’ on how to keep people safe around roadworks.

Between 2005 and 2017, 99 people were killed or seriously injured near roadworks on TfL managed roads.

The Temporary Traffic Management Handbook, which forms part of the mayor and TfL’s Vision Zero ambition, sets out good practice to those involved with roadworks, from the planning and design stage through to completion of the works.

The handbooks is designed to not only make roads safer for vulnerable road users – people who walk, cycle and ride motorcycles – but also help to unlock the barriers to active travel faced by people who are visually impaired, or who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

TfL says London’s road network has changed since the standards were last updated in 2013, with far more people choosing to travel on foot, by cycle or by bus.

Glynn Barton, director of network management at TfL, said:

“It is vital that London’s streets are open and accessible for everyone, which is why our new guidance sets out clearly how to keep people safe during streetworks.”

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said:

“It’s really important that roadworks do not put cyclists and pedestrians’ safety at risk.

“It’s vital that temporary changes to road layouts don’t put people off walking and cycling by making them take long diversions or force them into congested traffic.

“I hope TfL’s updated guidance will encourage companies to act responsibly and protect Londoners – helping make our streets healthier, safer and more attractive.”

13 March 2019