West Berkshire Council

Temporarily Closing the Public Highway

Information about applying for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO)

For any temporary restriction of the public highway, you will need to make a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO). Most TTROs are made in order to close a road or footpath, but they can be made for many other restrictions such as speed limits, one way traffic or parking restrictions. How an Order is made will depend on the reason it is required.

Roads may need to be closed for many different reasons. For example, a road may need to close to allow for repair, maintenance, construction/demolition, or to allow events, demonstrations or street parties to take place. 

Generally, closures will only take place when all other options to control traffic have been considered and are found not to be suitable.

You can view current and planned road closures on our online map, here.

You can find information on applying for a TTRO in different circumstances, below.


Applying to close a road or Public Right of Way (PROW) for planned works

If you wish to apply for a road or PROW to be closed for planned works, please complete our doc icon TTRO Application for works [81kb] at least 10 weeks in advance of your proposed closure date. This gives us sufficient time to make sure that the closure does not clash with any other works or events, and for us to advertise the closure in the local paper.

The cost of making a TTRO for planned works is in the region of £1,600 and is payable by the applicant. This cost includes advertising fees and admin fees. The applicant will also be responsible for providing all traffic management around the site and restriction. 


Applying to close a road or Public Right of Way (PROW) for emergency works 

If you wish to apply for a road or PROW to be closed for emergency works please complete our doc icon TTRO Application for works [81kb] as soon as possible. The cost of making a TTRO for emergency works is £461 and is payable by the applicant. The applicant will also be responsible for providing all traffic management around the site and restriction. 

TTRO applications for planned and emergency works are dealt with by our Streetworks Team (contact details are at the bottom of this page). 


Applying to close a road for an event 

If you wish to apply for a road to be closed for an event please complete our doc icon Event Application Form [80kb] at least 6 weeks before the event is due to take place.

Depending on the scale of the event there is usually no cost for making a TTRO for an event. A risk assessment, plan and evidence of Public Liability Insurance must also be submitted before an application can be considered.  


Applying to close a road for a street party

Street parties have a specific definition. They must:

  • apply only to the residents of one or two streets and not to larger areas - they will generally involve less than 150 people as a result
  • not be publicised for the general public or draw in people from the wider area
  • not include amplified entertainment which may cause nuisance to the wider area
  • not include the sale of alcohol or food

In lieu of Public Liability Insurance, the organiser(s) must complete and sign a 'declaration of indemnity' which is included as part of the application form. There is no cost to make a TTRO in order to hold a street party. If you are intending to hold a street party, please complete the doc icon Street Party Application Form [52kb] and complete a doc icon Street Party Risk Assessment Template [14kb] at least 3 weeks before the event. 

TTRO applications for events and street parties are dealt with by our Traffic and Road Safety Team (contact details are at the bottom of this page).