Chapter 8 Regulations and The Red Book

The chapter 8 guidelines
From Left to Right: ‘The Red Book’, Chapter 8 Part 1: Design and Chapter 8 Part 2: Operations

If you are working on the road it is important to meet the necessary requirements. This post is intended to be a short summary of the resources available.

  • “The Red Book” – Officially ‘Safety at Street Works and Road Works – A Code of Practice‘ – Described as:“… intended to help you to safely carry out signing, lighting and guarding of street works and road works on all highways and roads, except motorways and any dual carriageways with a speed limit of 50 mph or more. This Code is directed at operatives, supervisors, managers, planners and designers who are responsible for making sure that all street and road works are safe for both operatives and the public. Road users including pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians (horse riders) should not be put at risk, and should be able to see the extent and nature of any obstruction well before they reach it.”This is a concise guide to the regulations set out in the full Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual. Read the Red Book Here.
  • Traffic Signs Manual – Part 1: Design.This is the comprehensive guide for those responsible for the design of temporary traffic management arrangements to facilitate maintenance activities.At 334 pages it can be intimidating however spells out in detail the methods involved during the design stage. It is available digitally at no cost here.
  • Traffic Signs Manual – Part 2: Operations.This is the comprehensive guide for those responsible for the planning, managing of, and participation in, implementing, maintaining and removing temporary traffic management arrangements.The second part of Chapter 8 is again very comprehensive at 229 pages. It is available digitally at no cost here.