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A Short Guide to Chapter 8

Chapter 8 was set up by the Department of Transport to Support Workers and Road Users in the UK.

Chapter 8 adds extra Traffic Safety Measures whilst Highway Maintenance and Temporary Work is being completed.

The Objective of the Chapter 8 Standards is to ensure all Works and Temporary Situations are Planned, and Safety is optimised for all Workers, Traffic Users and Pedestrians.

Congestion, Delay and Inconvenience should be minimised when Chapter 8 Standards are in place.

The Core Objectives of Chapter 8 are;

  • Early Warning of Temporary Highway Changes and Obstructions
  • Safety Zones for Personal
  • Precise and Clear Instructions for Road Users and Pedestrians
  • Reduce Conflict between Road Users and Road Personel
  • Approved Chapter 8 Traffic Signs and Barriers
  • Ensure Speed Restrictions are Imposed.
  • Retro-Reflective Material on Works Vehicles

How does Chapter 8 Define a Road User?

Any Motorised User or Non-Motorised User is classed as a Road User or Traffic.

Motorised vehicles including Cars, Heavy Goods Vehicles and Motorbikes.

Non Motorised Users including Cyclists, Pedestrians and Horses.

What are Chapter 8 Road Works and Temporary Works?

Any Works, Temporary Restrictions or Road Works that obstruct the Highway are classed as Chapter 8 Road Works and Temporary Works. 

Works near the Highway should also follow Chapter 8 Standards

Works Near High-Speed Roads and Low-Speed Roads include

  • Excavations
  • Road Improvement Schemes 
  • Structural Work
  • Maintenance Work
  • Street Works 

Applicable Areas Include 

  • Highway
  • Verge
  • Hard Shoulder
  • Footway 
  • Cycleway
  • Carriageway
  • Bridleway
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Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements

Due to the Complex and Unique Situation on UK Roads, we can only offer a brief overview of each situation on UK Roads.

The Legal Requirements and Recommended Traffic Safety Measures in Chapter 8 Manuals, should be met at all costs.

Chapter 8 Regulations are Complex and Lengthy.

Traffic Signs Manual

Chapter 8 Part 1 – Design – Traffic Signs Manual

Chapter 8 Part 2 – Operations – Traffic Signs Manual

Chapter 8 Part 3 – Update – Traffic Sign Manual

The complete code of Practice, also known as “The Red Book”, has been published by the Department for Transport.

Safety at Street Works and Road Works – A Code of Practice

Traffic Cones 

Traffic Cones play an integral part in Traffic Control for Temporary Traffic Management Vehicles carrying personnel, Maintenance Vehicles.

Planning Cone Laying Adaption is essential to ensure Optimum Safety Markings and Chapter 8 Compliant.

Traffic Cones and Barriers provide users with a clear indication of what path they should take.

Chapter 8 provides best practices and requirements for Traffic Cones and offers many scenarios, including High-Speed Roads, Daytime Visibility, Night Time Visibility, Lighting, Cone Spacing, and Traffic Cone Size and Type.

A Typical Chapter 8 Compliant Traffic Cone Conforms to BSEN13422 and typically includes Retro-Reflective Material.

Chapter 8 Compliant Road Cones come in different sizes, and a typical size would be 500mm Traffic Cone and 750mm Traffic Cone.

Chapter 8 Safety Barriers 

Barriers protect all users from obstructions and Hazards.

Chapter 8 Pedestrian Barriers are regularly used during Highway Maintenance.

Barriers are used to direct Pedestrian Flow, away from the Obstruction.

The type of Pedestrian Barrier under Chapter 8 Compliant Regulations is subject to a Risk Assessment.

Lightweight Barriers are more frequently used to delineate an inner boundary of a Safety Zone and ensure users follow the set path safely.

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Barriers should be

  • High Visibility Rear Markings
  • High Visibility Front Markings
  • Anti Trip Feet
  • Effective Connection
  • Chapter 8 Compliant
  • British Standard Approved

Chapter 8 Regulations are renowned for Detail and extend further to areas such as Maintenance Vehicles, Recovery Trucks, Rear Chevrons and Vehicle Chevron Stripe Detail.

For more information on Chapter 8 Compliance Rules, visit Chapter 8 Manual Pages.

Our Specialist Team can help with Approved Chapter 8 Traffic Management Products.