The Council has a formal policy for assessing and implementing minor traffic and parking improvement schemes, which was introduced in December 2013. The policy was revised in October 2015 in order to streamline the existing evaluation process and to make the whole process more efficient.
The policy allows requests for minor traffic and parking schemes to be dealt with in a fair and consistent way through a simple prioritisation system. Before the policy was introduced requests for schemes were not considered against common criteria. This often led to a lot of money and staff time being spent on relatively small traffic and parking related schemes that did not always have significant benefits.
Small schemes often cost a lot of money compared to the wider benefits they give. This is because as part of the legal process, consultation has to be carried out to get the views of others who may be affected. This can take up a lot of officer time, particularly if there are objections that have to be resolved, and take officers away from work that supports the Council’s key priorities.
The policy also sets out how requests for schemes will be considered and progressed within the Highways and Engineering Service. Wherever possible they will be incorporated into other programmes of work within the 9 pre-defined areas (details below). This will make best use of limited funding and officer time.
Frequently asked questions
What is a minor traffic or parking improvement scheme?
A minor traffic or parking improvement scheme is any minor works that can be carried out on the public highway. Examples of this are:
- H bar road markings to help ensure driveways are not blocked, see: H bar road markings
- Yellow lines (e.g. limited waiting etc.) to prevent parking in certain locations and at certain times
- Introduction of dedicated parking bays for taxis, disabled, loading etc.
- New/additional signs
- Residents only parking schemes.
For many schemes a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) will be required to implement the change(s). Major highway engineering works may also be required.
How do I apply for a new scheme?
Requests can be made to the Council by completing a Minor traffic and parking improvements [PDF 13KB] form.
It is important that your request gives as much information as possible. Please include details of the problems as you see them, location of the problem, times/days there is a problem etc. If you have an idea of how the problem could be resolved please also include this in your application.
It is also very important that your request is supported by anyone else who is affected by the problem such as your neighbours or your Ward Councillor. If you have evidence of this, such as a petition, please include this with your application.
Please return completed forms by email: email@example.com or by post to Highways and Transportation (FAO Traffic Team), Mulcture House, Mulcture Hall Road, Halifax, HX1 1SP.
What happens to my request?
Once an application is received by us this is what happens next:
|Where a TRO is required:||For all non-TRO related requests|
|Council records and acknowledges the request allocating a unique Service Request Number.||Council records and acknowledges the request allocating a unique Service Request Number.|
|If required, the Traffic Liaison Officer will contact the customer for further clarification.||If required, the Traffic Liaison Officer will contact the customer for further clarification.|
|Traffic Liaison Officer will then conduct a formal assessment of the request within 6 weeks from the receipt of the request.||Traffic Liaison Officer assesses the request within 6 weeks from the receipt of the request.|
|The findings and decision relating to whether the request will be progressed will be fed back to the customer.||The findings and decision relating to whether the request will be progressed will be fed back to the customer.|
|Requests approved for further consideration and/or development will be added to a waiting list.||Requests that are approved will be passed to the Highways Asset and Delivery team for progression.|
How long does it take to progress a scheme?
The length of time will be different for each scheme. A simple scheme where no TRO is required may be carried out within a couple of months. A typical scheme where a TRO is required can take up to 12 months to implement. This is because there is a legal process to follow which includes a full consultation with anyone who may be affected by the proposed changes including the Emergency Services. Please note: Due to this consultation element, there is no guarantee that a proposed scheme will progress.
The Borough is grouped into 9 pre-defined areas:
- Halifax 1 - Town centre (central area)
- Halifax 2 - Town Centre (outer area), King Cross, Skircoat, Southowram and Warley
- Halifax 3 - Boothtown, Mixenden,Ovenden and Illingworth
- Halifax 4 - Shelf, Northowram and Hipperholme
- Sowerby Bridge - including Luddenden Foot, Ripponden and Barkisland
- Elland - including Stainland, West Vale and Greetland
- Brighouse - Including Rastrick and Bailiff Bridge
- Todmorden - including Walsden and Cornholme
- Hebden Bridge - including Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall and Midgley
Note: Schemes approved for further consideration / development will be added to a waiting list for one of the above areas.
How much does the scheme cost?
There may be significant costs involved. This depends on the size and difficulty of a scheme. If a TRO is required then the processing of this alone is between £3,000 and £5,000 typically. There are then additional costs to carry out the physical work required, such as signs and lines. These costs have to be met by the Council so schemes are not dealt with in isolation and have to be prioritised against our other work and can only be carried out when funds become available.
How can I get an update on progress of my request?
Requesters will be notified, in writing, of the outcome of the assessment, along with a clear explanation of the reasoning behind it.
What if I don't agree with the Traffic Liaison Officer's recommendation?
Appeals can be made in writing to the Corporate Lead (Network Management):
- Username Highways and Transportation
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Highways and Transportation
Mulcture Hall Road
A decision on whether the appeal is upheld or rejected will be fed back to the customer within 6 weeks of receipt.
Cabinet Report - Item 5 - minor traffic and parking schemes + appendices.pdf [PDF 459KB]