Road humps, stopping up orders and traffic orders

Use this guide to find more information on road humps, stopping up orders and traffic orders, and the procedures involved.

Traffic orders

A traffic order is a legal document which imposes traffic and parking restrictions, such as:

  • road closures
  • one-way streets
  • banned turns
  • bus lanes
  • mandatory cycle lanes
  • waiting and loading restrictions (yellow lines)
  • controlled parking zones
  • on-street parking places.

There are three types of traffic order:

  • Temporary orders.
  • Experimental orders.
  • Permanent orders.

Temporary orders 

These are imposed to close roads or to restrict traffic and parking so that works can be carried out either on a road, or near a road (such as on a building site or redevelopment site). These orders may also be imposed where there is the likelihood of danger to the public (for instance, if debris is falling from a building).

Temporary orders can continue in force for up to 18 months or until the works have been completed, if that is sooner. Temporary orders may also be used to restrict traffic and parking for a special event, such as a street party or a sporting event that happens on the road. These may continue for up to three days.

Experimental orders 

These can restrict traffic and parking for up to 18 months, and while they are in force, their effect is monitored and assessed (and changes made if necessary), before we decide whether or not to continue the experimental order on a permanent basis.

Permanent orders 

These are made to restrict traffic and parking for an indefinite period. They may be cancelled if necessary, but it is unusual for this to happen unless there is a major change in traffic conditions.