Traffic Management

​​Temporary Traffic Management is the process or method of managing road users including vehicle and pedestrians through, around or past an activity on a road reserve safely with a minimum level of inconvenience. (The road reserve is defined as boundary to boundary).

Traffic Management Plan

A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) describes proposed works, design, set up and removal of any activity being carried out within the Road Reserve. It also includes the work programme, how public and contractor safety will be ensured, and any contingency planning etc.

Any work that alters the normal operating conditions of the road reserve requires a TMP. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Excavating the carriageway/footpath/berm.
  • Tree felling where there is the possibility that part of the tree may reach the road.
  • Any activity that a machine will be operating from the road.
  • Temporary road closure for an event.
  • ​Obstruction of footpaths e.g. for sign writing, scaffolding, painting etc.

​Layout diagrams

Layout diagrams are expected as part of the application and must show:

  • ​What signs and other traffic management devices will be used.
  • Where the various devices (with dimensions) will be set out.
  • A site drawing that reflects the road layout in the location.

​Restricted working hours

The traffic management team may apply restricted working hours to your works access permit due to the following;
  • To avoid peak traffic flows.
  • To limit interference with property access.
  • Minimise noise or other environmental impacts. 
  • T​o consider school drop off/pick up and foot traffic. 

​Road Levels of Temporary Traffic Management

Road levels are implemented by each Road Controlling Authority (RCA).  They indicate the number of vehicles travelled per day on each individual road, and road level information determines what temporary traffic management is required.  Road level information must be included with the TMP submitted to the Traffic Management Team.

​​Requirements of Traffic Management Personnel

A Traffic Management Plan must only be designed and prepared by a trained and qualified Site Traffic Management Supervisor. (STMS) refer to Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management.

The person nominated by the contractor in the TMP is to have the specific responsibility for managing traffic at the work site. The person must be trained to the level of temporary traffic management required for the road level.

Below is a list of locally recommended and suitable qualified personal for any traffic management requirements.

​Cdemie Contracting​Colin Dempster​​
​Andrew Haulage​Ray Wilson​
​Fulton Hogan​Richard Wood​
​TMC (Dunedin)​
​TMS (Invercargill)​Brendan Sheehy​


If you are running an event in the Clutha District that:  
  • May affect vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
  • May increase traffic to a specific area, e.g. concerts, sports events. 
  • May require a road or footpath closure (e.g. parades, marches, motorsport). 
  • May require road signs. 
​A Traffic Management Plan may be required. To understand if your event needs traffic management the first point of contact is the CDC Traffic Management Co-ordinator.

Traffic Management for Events

The Councils transport team will identify whether there may be a need for traffic management as part of your event planning. If approved, the event organiser will be responsible for engaging a suitably qualified traffic management company and submitting a traffic management plan at least (8) weeks prior to the event.

​Road Reserve

Road reserve is the area between the legal boundaries, usually fence line to fence line and including any safety runoff areas, which is dedicated to allow the passage of road users. Below is a diagram of where each area is, and a definition of what they are.

Road/carriageway - The part of a road, sealed or unsealed and including any shoulder areas, which a normal wheeled vehicle can traverse.

​Shoulder - The metal edge on a carriageway between the seal and grass.

Kerb and channel - The area defining the Road/Carriageway from the berm.

Footpath - Area between the carriageway and boundary where pedestrians walk on a hard surface.

Berm - The grass verge of a suburban street.

Boundary - The property boundary between private property and the road reserve.

Traffic M​anagement Team

The traffic management team co-ordinate activities within the road reserve and are responsible for managing the roading​ network.

For more information contact Craig Jessop, 0800 801 350 or email​

Page reviewed: 21 Jul 2019 11:06am