Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 6

Monday 27 January 2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) recently released key guidance for those designing traffic signal junctions and crossings on roads with a speed limit of 40 mph and under, particularly in urban areas. This is contained within Chapter 6 of the Traffic Signs Manual: Traffic Control, which covers layout requirements and locations of signals, as well as road marking and signing.

At the DfT's Technical Working Party meeting in December, Simon Morgan praised the publication on behalf of Institute of Highway Engineers: 'The new Chapter 6 is an excellent and comprehensive document covering in commendable detail both traffic signals in urban situations and all types of pedestrian, cycle and equestrian crossing. Everyone at DfT involved in its production should be congratulated.'

The Traffic Signs Manual offers advice to traffic authorities and their contractors, designers and managing agents in the United Kingdom, on the correct use of traffic signs and road markings on the highway network. For junctions on roads with speed limits above 40mph, the advice given in Highways England’s Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) is consider to be more appropriate.

Chapter 6 replaces the following documents:

  • Traffic Advisory Leaflet 2/03 - Signal-control at Junctions on High-speed Roads – In respect of the advice on speed assessment and speed discrimination
  • Traffic Advisory Leaflet 3/03 – Equestrian Crossings
  • Traffic Advisory Leaflet 5/05 – Pedestrian Facilities at Signal-controlled Junctions
  • Traffic Advisory Leaflet 1/06 – General Principals of Traffic Control by Light Signals
  • Traffic Advisory Leaflet 1/08 – Wig-wag signals
  • Traffic Advisory Leaflet 1/13 - Reducing Sign Clutter
  • Local Transport Note 1/95  - The assessment of pedestrian crossings
  • Local Transport Note 2/95 - The design of pedestrian crossings
  • Local Transport Note 1/98 - The Installation of Traffic Signals and Associated Equipment