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Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)

Find out about TROs in Calderdale.

What they are

These are legal documents. They are needed to support a range of measures that govern or restrict the use of public roads, including:

  • Waiting and Loading restrictions.
  • One-way streets.
  • Weight, width and length restrictions.
  • Speed Restrictions.
  • Banned turns.
  • Bus lanes.

The act that governs TROs is the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Why we need them

In UK law, a TRO must be in place for a restriction to be enforced. We, as the Traffic Authority, create them to:

  • Improve the safety of road users.
  • Keep the character or amenity of an area or make it better.
  • Stop serious damage to roads, bridges and other structures.
  • Control or direct traffic.
  • Manage and lower congestion.

Most TROs come about as a result of requests from local communities. These can be to address specific traffic problems or because of new housing/industrial developments on the highway.

All requests are looked at on their own merits. This takes account of site conditions, injury history and comments from local councillors and the Police.

TROs will only be considered where there is a real problem that is serious enough to warrant one.

How one is made

The process includes:

  • We consult with emergency services and other public bodies. Also, where needed, local interest groups such as residents and traders.
  • The TRO is made public by placing a notice:
    • in the local newspaper;
    • on our current TROs webpage;
    • and in the affected roads - usually for at least 21 days.
  • Comments to object against or support a TRO are considered by the Governing Body. (This is made up of impartial officers, not directly involved in the scheme). They will then decide how the matter is taken forward (approved, modified or abandoned). See meeting minutes.
  • If approved, it will then be formally made, advertised and introduced. This process can take many months to complete. If objections result in the TRO being changed and re-advertised, it will take even longer.

How you can comment or object on a TRO proposal

Anyone can object to or support a proposed TRO. You must submit your comments before the end of the consultation period, which is stated in each order.

TRO Governing Body meeting minutes

For minutes from 2019 and 2020, please email:

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