Apply for a temporary road closure or restriction

Apply for a temporary road closure or Temporary Traffic Regulation Order to close a road in Suffolk.

In order to carry out works on Suffolk’s Highway Network, a works promoter may need to apply for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) or Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice (TTRN) for one or more of the following:

  • to temporarily close a road
  • to Implement a temporary or suspend an existing one-way restriction, banned turn or prohibition of entry
  • to implement a temporary speed limit
  • to implement or suspend a temporary weight/width restriction; or
  • to Implement or suspend a temporary waiting restriction.

Note: This list is not exhaustive

If you are not sure whether you will require a temporary restriction to carry out works, please contact us at na.applications@suffolk.gov.uk

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO): You will need to apply for a TTRO for any planned works that will require a restriction. A TTRO may remain in force for up to 18 months.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice (TTRN): You will need to apply for a TTRN if a restriction is required immediately for urgent or emergency works such as repairs to a burst water main, gas leak or to restore loss of service to a customer.

Suffolk Police may also close roads for safety reasons.

Notice period

For any planned works that require a TTRO, we will require a minimum notice period of 3 months to process the application. However, Network Assurance may agree a shorter notice period in some circumstances.

For any works that require a TTRN, advanced notice to residents or businesses may not be possible due to the nature of the reactive urgent or emergency works.

Public Rights of Way

If you need to carry out works which may affect a Public Right of Way, you will need to contact Suffolk County Council’s Public Rights of Way Team, please visit Public rights of way and planning | Suffolk County Council

Events

To close a road or implement a temporary restriction on the highway for an event please visit Apply to close a road for an event | Suffolk County Council

Apply for a TTRO/TTRN

To apply for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order or Notice please download the application form (doc, 304KB).

You will need to complete all sections of the application and will need to provide a clear plan showing the extent of the restriction proposed. If the restriction involves a road closure, a diversion plan will also be required. Please refer to the application form for further details.

Once you are satisfied that you have all the required information, please submit your application and supporting documents to na.applications@suffolk.gov.uk.

Please note: We do not accept postal applications or cheques (please do not make any payments until requested to do so).

You will also need to consider whether any bus services will be affected if you are applying for a road closure. To apply for a bus stop suspension, please visit Suffolk on Board.

Road Space Booking

In addition to the application for a TTRO, road space must be booked for all highway and street works in accordance with the Traffic Management Act 2004. If you do not have a valid road space booking, your TTRO application may not be processed.

Non-Statutory Undertakers

Street Works Licence

For works that will be carried out under a Street Works Licence (Section 50 of the New Roads and Streetworks Act, 1991) for the purpose of installing private apparatus, please visit Section 50 Streetworks Licence - Notice of Works to book road space | Suffolk County Council.

If works are not in relation to a Street Works Licence, please contact DeveloperNoticing@suffolk.gov.uk

Paying the fee

If your application is successful, a payment request email will be sent out to advise on the total fee payable and how payment can be made.

Payment can be made online, by BACS, Bank Transfer or by credit card. Unfortunately, we no longer accept cheques for payment of either a TTRN or a TTRO.

Please do not make any payments until the payment request email is received as you will need the 6 digit reference number.

Paying online

You can make your payment online.

Please note: although the online payment system says "incl. VAT" there is no VAT included in this service as it is a zero rated supply.

Fees

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO):

Order fee: £1,560 (this fee is payable in advance)

Amendment fee: £350

The fee will be applicable for the following amendments:

  • change of dates (start and/or end)
  • each additional extension (within an 18 month window); and
  • each additional works phase (within an 18 month window).

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice (TTRN):

Notice fee: £700

Additional duration fee: If a TTRN is required where public and/or workforce safety is a concern and a subsequent extension to the works is required, this will incur additional fees of £350 for each extension requested.

Note: If the Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice duration is anticipated to be required for longer than 42 days, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be required. Furthermore, please be advised that this will incur a fee of £1,560 for the TTRO to be made, in addition to the TTRN fees.

Please ensure that you advise Network Assurance at the earliest opportunity if an extension is required.

Cancellation

If the works are cancelled and/or the closure does not take place, the fees outlined below are payable for the processing of the application and are non-refundable:

  • £1,560 for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order
  • £700 for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice
  • £350 for an Amendment

All costs for the closure and diversion signing must be covered by the person or organisation requesting the closure.

After you apply

Once the application has been processed and payment received, an approval email will be sent to the applicant.

Road closures

The applicant will be responsible for providing a suitable diversion route and signing plan, for placing and then removing the signs on site and for responding to public enquiries about the works, closure, the diversion route and signage.

Operational Requirements:

1. Access may be allowed to Emergency Services if safe passage permits.

2. Pedestrian/Cyclist and Access to properties must be maintained at all times, unless otherwise agreed.

3. Advance Warning Signs (1050mm by 750mm) must be placed at all approaches to the site at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the closure and must state the following (please see example below):

  • Company logo and name
  • Exact location of the closure
  • Dates and duration of works
  • Type of work
  • Contact telephone number

4. Advance Warning Signs must stay on site throughout the duration of the works and must be included on your traffic management plan for approval by Suffolk County Council.

For further information please refer to Annex A of the application form.

Please note: Suffolk County Council reserves the right to request changes to the dates of works to avoid conflict on the highway network.

Find current road closures

Visit one.network for:

  • current temporary road closures
  • forthcoming temporary road closures

You can find information on:

  • road closures
  • roadworks
  • obstructions
  • events

Contact Customer Services

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Alternatively, you can email your enquiry to customer.services@suffolk.gov.uk.