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Construction Site Traffic Management Plan (CSTMP) Guidance

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The Construction Site Traffic Management Plan or CSTMP has been developed to help the Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) and contractors to identify hazards and apply appropriate controls so that the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on a construction site is managed and coordinated. The CSTMP has not been developed for the implementation of roadworks on live roads. Where roadworks are to be carried out on live roads the requirements of Chapter 8 and Temporary Traffic Management Guidance should be considered and implemented as required.

Read: Safety work Site Design for Traffic Managment

The Construction Regulations set out clear requirements that need to be followed so that work-related vehicles are:

  • of good design
  • maintained in good working order
  • properly used
  • operated by trained personnel
  • Provide with appropriate Audio/visual aids and/or proximity devices where operator visibility is restricted (this should be based on risk assessment)

In relation to pedestrian safety , the following requirements need to be implemented:

  • safe and suitable pedestrian access routes provided
  • work-related vehicles and pedestrians are kept apart
  • pedestrian routes are organized and controlled

The CSTMP is broken into six sections and these should be completed and actioned as appropriate. The site hazards and traffic management controls listed are nonexhaustive and will vary from site to site. A responsible/ nominated person must take ownership for developing The CSTMP and make sure that it is reviewed, amended, and communicated to all relevant stakeholders on site. ( Read more about Pedestrian safety in the industry )


Include the following information:

  • duty holder type e.g. Project Supervisor Construction Stage /Contractor
  • site address including eircode
  • start date and planned duration of work
  • type of construction work that will be carried out e.g. civils, commercial, residential
  • planned hours of operation of the site
  • named person (Traffic Co-Ordinator) responsible for making sure that the CSTMP is reviewed and amended when required. (Name, signature and contact details)
  • names of appointed banks on site. Any person directing traffic
  • on-site must be trained and competent and have appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).


All operators of work-related vehicles or construction plant must be competent, authorized, and trained to operate the equipment. The Construction Regulations set out mandatory training requirements for the following work-related vehicles and tasks where operators must be in
possession of a valid Construction Skills Certification Scheme Card (CSCS) Construction Skills Certification Scheme Cards – Work-Related Vehicles and Associated Activities

  • telescopic handler
  • tractor dozer
  • mobile crane
  • crawler crane
  • articulated dumper
  • site dumper
  • 180 excavator (backhoe)
  • mini digger
  • 360 excavator tracked/wheeled

3-Temporary Works

Each construction site is unique and will provide its own challenges. To understand how best to manage traffic and pedestrian movements you should identify and markup relevant temporary works and traffic management arrangements and their location on site plans:

  • site entrance(s) (pedestrian and vehicle)
  • site accommodation
  • overhead lines
  • traffic routes and vehicle only areas
  • storage/loading and unloading areas
  • car parking arrangements
  • pedestrian walkways
  • on-site hazards – excavations/scaffolding / steep slopes

The CSTMP will need to be updated on a regular basis as work progresses and then communicated to relevant onsite contractors and delivery drivers.( Read: Safe vehicles and safe Peoples for Traffic Managment )


The amount of vehicle and transport-related hazards that are on site will vary depending on the type of work being done and program requirements etc. A list of typical work-related vehicle hazards is included in the CSTMP template. When filling out the CSTMP if you identify any other site-specific hazards you must carry out the appropriate risk assessments and put suitable controls in place.
The CSTMP must be brought to the attention of all personnel working on-site during induction and again when the plan is updated by means of toolbox talks. It is important to keep records of inductions and toolbox talks.


The traffic management controls in the template are a non-exhaustive
the list that should be considered when developing and implementing the CSTMP. The person responsible for the development of the plan is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate controls are in place and are reviewed on a regular basis. When adding and reviewing controls they should be proportionate to the type of work that is being done.
The controls should be practical and easy to implement e.g. traffic cones in low traffic areas versus fixed barriers in high traffic areas.

Pedestrian routes should be:

  • kept clear and free of tripping hazards
  • segregated from vehicle routes
  • adequately signed
  • provided with crossing points that have a clear view

Vehicle routes should be;

  • segregated from pedestrian routes
  • designed to minimize reversing
  • suitable for the vehicles that need to use them with appropriate speed limits
  • designed to avoid steep gradients and sharp bends
  • designed with ramps, signage, and berms as required
  • designed to take into account loading and unloading areas

Read Safe worksite Activity for Traffic Managment


When developing the CSTMP you need to factor in the resources required to
implement the plan. Hoarding, barriers, lighting, and signs will be required at startup. As your construction site progresses, pedestrian and traffic routes will change and barriers, traffic cones, and signs will need to be moved to ensure that there is adequate pedestrian and vehicle separation. Fixed barriers should be used to separate vehicles from pedestrian walkways and to protect loading and unloading areas on site. Typical resources that should be factored into preliminary costings could include:

  • signage (site and approach)
  • traffic cones
  • pedestrian barriers
  • lighting
  • site security
  • wheel wash

Download templated:

This Construction Site Traffic Management Plan (CSTMP) will help a PSCS or small contractor in developing a traffic management plan for work on construction sites (not live roads). It is made up of two elements:

Part A – Guidance document ( look above ) which gives an introduction and summary of the 6 sections – Information, Training, Temporary Works, Hazards, Controls, and Resources

Part B – Contains the 6 sections in a fillable form which can be saved and printed 

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