Plan Preparation


Workzone and Event Traffic Management Plan Preparation

The Guide to Preparation of Traffic Management Plans (see below) has been prepared primarily to assist the preparation of submissions to conduct works on roads that are under the care, control, and management of MRWA and may be used for arterial roads under Local Government control.  It generally meets the Traffic Management requirements of MRWA Specification 202 "Traffic". 

Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for roadwork sites provide a means of planning and implementing how all likely road users will be safely and efficiently guided around, through or past a roadworks site and ensure the network performance is not unduly impacted, for the duration of the works.  TMPs are prepared in advance of the works being conducted and are generally subject to auditing before and/or after implementation.

Traffic Management is the management of occupational safety and network performance risks associated with work activities undertaken in a traffic environment.  Risk Management and the elements of the risk management process form the basis of this Guideline.  In Western Australia (WA) TMPs are prepared and implemented by those who have gained accreditation in Advanced Worksite Traffic Management (AWTM).  TMPs involving complex traffic arrangements, need to be endorsed by a person with Roadworks Traffic Manager (RTM) accreditation.
All TMPs shall be based on the requirements of the current Traffic Management for Works on Roads and/or Traffic Management for Events Code of Practice (the Code of Practice). The Code of Practice supplements the Australian Standard AS 1742.3, however, it also outlines additional requirements and variations from AS1742.3 applicable to WA.

For works undertaken through contract for Main Roads, the MRWA Specification 202 “Traffic” provides information to contractors about Main Roads’ specific requirements in developing a TMP.


Commonly used Terms and Definitions

Traffic Guidance Scheme (TGS): Documentation depicting the safe work methods and, where applicable, the arrangement of temporary signs and devices to warn, instruct and guide traffic around, through or past a work site or temporary hazard.

Traffic Control Diagram (TCD):  See Traffic Guidance Scheme.

Traffic Management Plan (TMP):  A document containing Traffic Guidance Schemes and documentation of project details in regard to traffic management at a work site. The documentation of project details includes, inter alia, responsible personnel, proposed timing of the works, approvals that have been gained, traffic volume/type details, documentation of risk management and special provisions for specific road user types.

Vehicle Movement Plans (VMP):  Forms part of the TGS that show the preferred travel paths for vehicles detoured around or through a work site and vehicles associated with a work site entering, leaving or crossing through the traffic stream. A VMP also shows the travel paths for truck at key points on route remote from the works site such as places to turn around, accesses, ramps and side roads.


How to prepare a traffic management plan

This Guide is intended to provide general information about the components and format of a TMP.  It does not provide technical information on how to prepare a TMP.  Such technical information should be obtained by accredited practitioners, by referring to the Code of Practice, AS1742.3 and other related documents. 

TMP Templates:

For some non-complex works on low volume low speed local roads the below Basic Worksite TMP template may be used (see section 5 for full checklist).

Note: the Road Authority may determine that a more detailed TMP is required.

TMP Supporting Documents:

Reviewing and Auditing Traffic Management

Section 5.7 of the Traffic Management for Works on Roads Code of Practice gives details for conducting reviews, audits, inspections and/or checks of temporary traffic management. The below templates and checklists are intended to assist personnel to prepare, review, audit and approve traffic management schemes. The checklists should be used as a guide only and used in conjunction with AS 1742.3, Traffic Management for Works on Roads Code of Practice and other related documents.

Suitability Audit / Review:


Compliance Audit / Inspection:


Suitability Check:


Operational Check / Onsite Inspection:


TMP Authorisation Checklist for Local Governments and Authorised Bodies: This checklist details the minimum review local governments and other bodies with an Instrument of Authorisation should undertake before authorising traffic management on their network (see section 4.5 and 5.7 of the Traffic Management for Works on Roads Code of Practice).


Generic Work Zone Traffic Guidance Schemes (TGSs)

The below TGS are intended to provide guidance for personnel engaged in common minor improvement and general maintenance activities. The purpose of the generic TGSs are to ensure consistent application of traffic management across the state.

Note: Prior to using these TGSs a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) is required, the author of the TMP will need to check that the TGSs are applicable to the particular work sites prior to signing off the TMP and TGSs.

Two TGSs have been prepared for each work type when using temporary traffic management signs; one using Australian Standard 1742.3 stand-alone signs and one using Multi-Message Signs (MMS) allowable under the Traffic Management for Works on Roads Code of Practice.


Work Zone Traffic Management Plans examples:


Event Traffic Management Plans examples:


Modified: 07 Jan 2020