The live carriageway of almost any road is a hostile environment in which to work. In particular, during the periods when traffic management arrangement are being set up, changed, maintained, or removed, operatives may need to work on the live carriageway without the protection afforded by the fully installed Chapter 8 layouts. It is therefore in the interests of both road users and the workforce that temporary traffic management operations are designed, planned and implemented in accordance with a safe system of work. The purpose of this document is to promote such a system.

All major elements of the highway industry, including Highway Authorities, contractors, maintenance agents, police, health and safety practioners and enforcers, and highway research specialists, were represented in the group which has produced this document. It is recommended as a framework for the Quality Plans and method statements of all organisations involved in the planning or implementation of temporary traffic management operations.

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