New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

Restrictions on further activities

Sections 58 and 58A of the Act give authorities the power to coordinate and restrict certain works to minimise disruption to residents and road users.

The restrictions apply to works in all or part of a street following substantial road works (section 58) or substantial street works (section 58A).

The period of restriction depends on the level of work being carried out. For example, substantial works could be restricted for six months; for long-term major highway reconstructions, the restriction could be up to five years.

Emergency works are exempt from restriction periods and customer utility connections may be carried out following a 20-day embargo period.

Once a restriction is in force, no other works (other than exempted activities or where an authority has given consent) can be carried out until the restriction period has expired.

Notification of restrictions

The regulations require authorities to publish on their websites their intention to set up a restriction:

  • Three months before the start of substantial road works
  • Twenty days before the start of substantial street works

The following restrictions apply to the TfL Road Network only:

Proposed sections 58 and 58A restrictions

The following table provides details of TfL's proposed restrictions following the completion of the substantial road and street works.

Proposed Section 58 and 58A restrictions table

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Current sections 58 and 58A restrictions

The following table provides details of restrictions that are now in force following the completion of substantial road and street works.

Subject to the exemptions in NRSWA and its associated regulations, no other street works may be carried out within the restriction period without TfL's consent.

Current section 58 and 58A restrictions table

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Contact us

If you have a question about restrictions on road and street works, please email section58@tfl.gov.uk or call 020 3054 8472. 

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