Stop/Go (Is it safe)?

$(KGrHqZHJDgE-VFvJF3yBPs38S(Img~~60_35At the end of 2013 there were 35.0 million vehicles licensed for     use on the roads in Great Britain, of which 29.1 million were cars.

The total number of licensed vehicles has increased in every year since the end of the Second World War except 1991.

Between 1996 and 2007, the annual growth in licensed vehicles averaged 2.5 per cent a year, although from the mid-2000s it had already begun to slow somewhat. Following the recession of 2008-9 it slowed further, but did not stop, averaging 0.3 per cent a year between 2008 and 2011.

Between 2012 and 2013 the total vehicle stock increased by 1.5 per cent, the first substantial year-on-year increase since 2007.

So in 1991 there was a recession in vehicles on the road, also in 1991 the traffic count for Stop/Go operation was ;
Maximum two-way traffic flow
Coned area length (metres)       Vehicles per 3 minutes
Up to 100                                                     70
Up to 200                                                     63
Up to 300                                                     53
Up to 400                                                    47
Up to 500                                                     42

Yes it looks the same as it is in the new Safety at Street Works and Road Works 2014 October. That’s because it is

Coned area length (metres)       Vehicles per 3 minutes
Up to 100                                                     70
Up to 200                                                     63
Up to 300                                                     53
Up to 400                                                    47
Up to 500                                                     42

The question is, how many operatives carry out traffic counts for stop/go operation. Or is it just a case to get it installed because they are under pressure from their company or the client who waiting to carry out the works.

With this big increase in vehicles on the carriageway how can stop go be safe. If the traffic counts were recorded how many sites would be installed? How many operatives carry out traffic counts for Stop/Go

With the local authorities demanding more and more Stop/Go surely that’s going to lead to more operatives facing more, abuse and threats of violence.

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5 responses to “Stop/Go (Is it safe)?

  1. simon

    stop and go is a joke within the industry. with 20 years on the road i have seldom seen or know of anyone do a traffic count and even less adhere to the limits. i have never seen a method statement reference chapter 8 d5.8.2 , even when its been brought it to the attention of the person writing them. the sad truth is if you refuse to do it you get a reputation as a trouble maker. except for on mobile works or jobs over 300m there is no need for stop/go. traffic lights are always a safer option and there is no need for a traffic count.

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  2. John

    I think the average is 30 road workers a year are killed. Some of these must have involved stop/go set ups at some point?

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  3. Steven Archer

    Has anyone ever been killed or ended up with a permanent disability from an incident whilst performing stop & go duties?

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    • Steven,
      Thank you for your comment,
      Not as far as I’m aware off but the issue is traffic counts not being recorded and how the operative’s are open to abuse and violence, this is what we need to stop.

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