Find out about Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)

What are TROs?

A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is the legal document required to support a range of measures, which govern or restrict the use of public roads, including:

  • parking controls, for example; double yellow lines
  • one-way streets
  • banned turns
  • bus lanes
  • speed limits

Why do we need TROs?

UK law requires that TROs are in place to enable the police or, in the case of parking restrictions and bus lanes, the Council, to enforce these restrictions.

How TROs are made 

The making of a TRO has to follow a statutory process involving three stages:

Stage 1: Feasibility and informal consultation

  • An initial investigation will be carried out to confirm if the requested change is possible and what effect it might have on the highway network including whether revoking or amending any existing TRO’s is required
  • Consideration will also be given to whether the proposal will simply move the problem elsewhere
  • Residential and business premises affected by the proposal will be contacted to confirm local support

Subject to the above points, the process will proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Formal consultation

  • Details of the proposal will be advertised in the local press and on the website with a 21 day objection period
  • Members of the public may make a comment in support or otherwise, on the proposal advertised

If formal objections are received they will be considered through the appropriate council procedure before it is decided how the matter will be taken forward. If the proposed TRO is amended to address concerns raised, in most cases the revised TRO must be re-advertised.

In some instances we may decide not to proceed any further with the proposal.

If no objections are received or the decision is taken to continue with the proposal as advertised, it may progress to Stage 3.

Stage 3: Making the order

  • All necessary signs and lines must be installed on site
  • A public notice will be advertised confirming that the proposal is approved and that the TRO will take effect

In some instances it may be appropriate to consider the use of an Experimental TRO for 6, 12 or 18 months. Please see the Experimental TROs webpage for further information.

The time taken to implement a TRO can vary significantly depending on whether objections are received. A minimum of 6 months should be allowed from start to finish however, if objections are received, the timescale of completion could be as long as one year or longer.

TROs can remain in operation indefinitely. If the Council needs to modify or revoke a TRO, it must follow the same procedure as was used to create the TRO.

Requests for new amendments to existing TROs or for the revocation of current TRO’s, must have the support of the wider community, not just an individual or small group of individuals as substantial costs (approx. £5,000), time and resources can be incurred.

Any request must initially be supported by local Councillors and a significant majority of residents or businesses likely to be affected by it must have demonstrated their support. It must also be in accord with the Council’s wider objectives.

If you are aware of a location where you feel parking controls may be of benefit, contact your local Ward Councillors.

Further information

For enquiries about TRO's, email: trafficmanager@swindon.gov.uk
 

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