Traffic Regulations Orders (TROs)

A TRO is a legal document that creates a local traffic rule that requires road users to obey certain conditions. 

Examples of TROs are:

  • Speed restrictions
  • Waiting and loading restrictions
  • Bus lanes and bus stop clearways
  • Prescribed routes (one way streets, turning bans etc)
  • Weight, width and length restrictions    

Cumbria County Council, as Traffic Authority, creates TROs to: 

  • Improve the safety of road users  
  • Preserve or improve the character or amenity of an area 
  • Prevent serious damage to roads, bridges etc. 
  • Control or direct traffic 
  • Reduce and manage congestion     

Most TROs come about as a result of requests from local communities or the police, to address specific traffic problems. Cumbria County Council is responsible for TROs on all Cumbria's roads, with the exception of the trunk roads and the M6 motorway, which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency. 

TROs have associated administrative and legal costs (approximately £ 2,000 - 3,000), as well as the cost of implementing the scheme on the road. The processes involved in making a TRO are complex and it takes at least 4 months and typically much longer.

Permanent TROs have to go through statutory consultation procedures, which involve local parish, town and district councils, owners of frontage property and other stakeholders such as the police and transport operators. Official notices have to be published in the local press and are also posted "on street" to invite comments from the general public. 

All comments received concerning a TRO are considered by the Local Traffic Authority, which, in Cumbria, is the Local Committee for the district council area. (Follow this link for your Local Committee). All permanent traffic regulation orders can only be introduced following executive decision of the appropriate Local Committee, whose decision is final. Existing TROs can only be changed by a similar statutory process. 

For specific queries on TROs please contact the Highways hotline on:

Tel: 0300 303 2992