A to Z of Implementing Generic TMPs

Implementing a traffic management plan is an essential part of any construction project or event that involves road closures or the diversion of traffic. A well-executed traffic management plan (TMP) helps to ensure the safety of workers and the public while minimising the impact on traffic flow.  

Be sure to read on if you implement generic traffic management plans (TMPs), we will help you understand and identify:  

  • Why are Generic TMPs used? 
  • When a Generic TMP can or can’t be used 
  • Determine what TGSs are required in your Generic TMP 
  • Checklists and tools available to use
  • Site inspection requirements 
  • Record keeping before, during and after
  • How an annual review should be conducted and who should be involved 

Why are Generic TMPs used? 

The number of details and information to be provided in a TMP can vary depending upon the nature and complexity of the project.  

A generic TMP allows for  

  • Flexibility for routine / repetitive works  
  • Tailored to business needs  
  • Reduces planning time, therefore reduces costs  

When a Generic TMP can or can’t be used 

Main Roads WA  have a Generic/Site Specific TMP Checklist to assist in determining the need for the traffic management setup to be generic or site specific. 

Determine what TGSs are required in your Generic TMP 

Some items to consider when determining what traffic guidance schemes to include in your generic TMP design include: 

  • Type of works  
  • Work practices / methodology  
  • Road network / layout  
  • Driving culture 
  • Non-vehicular road users   
  • Environmental conditions  
  • Legislation and / or standards  

Checklists and tools available to use 

Checklist to determine need for generic of site specific TMP  

Example Onsite traffic guidance scheme (TGS) selection checklist  

Site Inspection Tools: 

Main Roads WA Traffic Map  

Main Roads WA Road Information Mapping System 

Main Roads WA HV Network Map 

Site inspection requirements 

As per Main Roads WA Traffic Management for Works on Roads Code of Practice. For Generic TMPs a site visit by the AWTM that prepared the TMP is not required, however the person responsible for implementing the TMP shall be aware of the scope of situations covered in the TMP and ensure it is applicable for the site. The person implementing the TMP shall complete the Generic/Site specific TMP checklist, see the below process for TGS selection. Where the generic TMP is not suitable a site specific TMP shall be developed. 

Site inspection best practice include:  

  • Physically visit the site (where possible)  
  • Take photos or videos as evidence  
  • Complete Main Roads WA Generic / Site Specific TMP Checklist (as a minimum)  
  • If there is a conflict with the checklist engage a Main Roads WA WTM or AWTM accredited person  
  • Complete a risk assessment to justify the suitable use of the TMP and the specific TGS selected  

Record keeping before, during and after 

It is a requirement that any party undertaking work on or alongside a road, shall keep a copy of the TMP onsite.  

Any changes to traffic control device placement shall be recorded and approved  (eg – TGS, risk assessment, daily diary) this must include the name and accreditation number of the person who approved the changes.  

Reminder – It may become necessary to produce these records in evidence at legal proceedings at a time in the future. The records can greatly assist all parties to ascertain pre-existing site conditions on which for damages are usually based.   

Where a TMP is to be used on more than one occasion or at a number of generic locations, continuous improvement must be considered. 

 The process should include debrief meetings to discuss any issues or risks associated with the plan.  

How an annual review should be conducted and who should be involved 

TMP’s must be kept up to date considering changes in; work activities, traffic volumes, vehicle types, the road environment, historical incident or site issues, work practices, legislation and/or standards. As a minimum, generic TMPs shall be reviewed at least once in any 12-month period.  

We recommend that you are proactive:  

  • Know the date your generic TMP is due for the required annual review  
  • Plan your annual review WELL IN ADVANCE – we recommend at least 3 months prior 
  • Consider recording and collecting feedback throughout the year and provide to your AWTM accredited designer for their review  

AusQ Training Traffic Management Plan Design Services  

We have a team of Traffic Planners who can design all types of TMPs from roadworks, events and non-complex or major complex planning.  Request a quote.   

Or perhaps you just want someone independent to come in and review your TMP and give you the peace of mind all areas are covered – we can help with that too

Do you need training?  

AusQ Training offer a range of courses to assist you in the traffic management or construction industry, in Bunbury, Perth and all over WA – to view our range of public training courses [click here]or view our calendar here.  

Make a time to chat to one of our Customer Support Team members[here] to discuss your traffic management training needs. 

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