Chapter 8 - More Than Just Barriers

Chapter 8 – More Than Just Barriers

11 April 2019

One of the myths of the construction industry is that Chapter 8 is the name of the plastic barriers placed around temporary road works to protect the public.

Chapter 8 is not the name of the barriers. Chapter 8 is the name of the guidelines that should be followed when completing temporary road works.

The DfT (Department for Transport) has released a comprehensive guide known as the Traffic Signs Manual, in which Chapter 8 is split into two parts:

  • Part 1: Road Works and Temporary Situations – Design:
    • Guidance for the design of temporary traffic management arrangements which should be implemented to facilitate maintenance activities or in response to temporary situations.

Part 1 can be read here.

  • Part 2: Road Works and Temporary Situations – Operations:
    • Guidance for planning, managing, and participating in operations to implement, maintain and remove temporary traffic management arrangements.

Part 2 can be read here.

Chapter 8 not only incorporates barriers, but also includes signage, temporary traffic lights, and traffic cones. All these products can be hired via PAL Hire, alongside a range of other equipment to help you complete your road works. Click here to enquire about hiring equipment.

Safety at Street Works and Road Works

More commonly known as The Red Book, this code of practice is legally binding as it has been lifted from the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

It states what the statutory requirements are for signing, lighting, and guarding road works. This is the core reference manual for utility companies, local authorities, street work contractors, and businesses that are involved in the day-to-day operation of street works.

You can read The Red Book here.

Best Code of Practice

Although Chapter 8 has no legal status, it is generally regarded as best practice when temporary traffic management operations are required. This is because it has set out the principles for safe and efficient traffic management:

  • Clear and early warning of obstructions in the road.
  • Optimisation of road space and adequate safety zones and working space.
  • Clear directions relating to actions required from road users.
  • Minimisation of potential conflict between road users and road workers and their operations.
  • Credibility of traffic signs and temporary requirements.
  • Appropriate speed limits and restrictions to promote safety.

Products offered by PAL Hire:

Safety Barrier Systems:

  • Crowd Control
  • Skipper Barriers
  • Manhole & Folding Barriers
  • Plastic Barriers
  • Water Filled Barriers
  • Retractable Barriers
  • Pedestrian Barriers
  • Water Protection & Corner Guards
  • Post & Chain Barriers

Road Work Signs & Temporary Road Signs:

  • Cone Signs
  • Post & Poll Mount Signs
  • Metal Signs
  • Lollipop Signs
  • Speed Limit Signs
  • Q-Sign Signs
  • Quick Fit Signs
  • Information Signs
  • Folding Signs

Click here to enquire about hiring equipment.