Navigating the Road - Facts and figures in Temporary Traffic Management

Joanne Morgan
October 4, 2023

When we think about our daily commute or holiday road trips, we often take for granted the intricate web of signs, cones, and barriers that ensure our safety and the smooth flow of traffic. Behind the scenes of this carefully orchestrated dance lies the world of Temporary Traffic Management (TTM). In this blog post, we'll delve into some fascinating facts and figures about TTM, shedding light on the crucial role it plays in our lives.

Lane Closures: In the UK, an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 lane closures occur every week due to roadworks and maintenance.

Traffic Cones: The iconic orange traffic cone is a familiar sight. Over 10 million traffic cones are in use across the UK.

Signs and Signals: There are around 6,000 different types of road signs in the UK. These include everything from speed limits to warning signs for upcoming hazards.

Traffic Lights: In Great Britain, there are approximately 24,000 sets of traffic lights, managing the flow of vehicles and pedestrians at intersections.

Safety first

Accidents Reduced: Temporary traffic management reduces the risk of accidents and injuries in work zones. Statistics indicate a significant drop in accident rates when proper TTM is in place.

Training: TTM operatives undergo rigorous training and certification to ensure they can handle various scenarios, making safety a top priority.

Economic impact

Cost Savings: Efficient traffic management helps reduce congestion and travel delays, which, in turn, saves commuters and businesses both time and money.

Employment: The TTM industry provides employment to thousands of people in the UK, from operatives to supervisors and managers.

The Art of TTM

Planning: TTM plans must be meticulously designed and submitted for approval before roadworks begin. This involves considering factors like traffic volume, speed limits, and road geometry.

Traffic Flow: TTM professionals use their expertise to maintain traffic flow as smoothly as possible while ensuring the safety of road users and workers.

Innovations: The TTM industry continually adapts and innovates, incorporating technologies like variable message signs and smart cones to improve efficiency.


Environmental Impact: TTM strives to minimise its impact on the environment. Measures such as reusing equipment and reducing waste are becoming more common in the industry.

Alternative Materials: Some roadworks now use recycled or sustainable materials for signs and barriers.

Temporary Traffic Management is a vital, often underappreciated, part of our daily lives. It ensures our safety on the roads, keeps traffic flowing, and minimises the impact of roadworks and maintenance on our commutes. As we navigate our journeys, it's worth taking a moment to acknowledge the hard work and expertise that go into making our roads safer and more efficient. Whether you're a commuter, a road worker, or simply someone interested in the infrastructure that surrounds us, TTM is an industry worth knowing more about, and the facts and figures presented here are just the tip of the road cone.

If you are interested in knowing more about how you could gain the qualifications and experience needed to become a Trainee Traffic Management Operative:

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