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What is the road corridor?

The road corridor is the extent of area between properties on either side of the road. The corridor includes the carriageway (the road itself), along with the kerb, berm and footpath.

What are the requirements for working within the road corridor?

All work or activity carried out within the road corridor is required to be in accordance with the terms and conditions as set out in the following legislation:

The purpose of the listed legislation above is to ensure that any activities carried out within the road corridor maximise the benefit to the public, ensure that utility operators and contractors are treated fairly, and ensure that all work and activity is conducted in a safe manner, ensuring the safety for both the contractor and general public.

All work activity that is proposed to be carried out within, or will affect the safe operation of a road corridor, must be notified to the Road Corridor Engineer prior to commencing operations.  This notification can be made via a CAR (Corridor Access Request) application. CAR applications have to be submitted via the beforeudig website or submitica website and include a plan of the proposed works.

There is a 5-15 working day period for processing a CAR application, depending on the nature of works. CAR applications must include a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) when normal traffic movements and pedestrian movements are affected. The Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM) provides best practice guidelines and statutory requirements for temporary traffic management in New Zealand. All TMP information is available via the CoPTTM website. The TMP must be provided by someone with a practising TTM Planner certification.

Under the Health & Safety Act 2015, all companies, and people working within these companies, “must ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that the Health and Safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking”.

This means that any contractor or utility operator working within the road corridor must ensure the safety of its staff working within the road corridor, and must ensure the safety of the public users of the road corridor who are being affected by the works within the road corridor.

Process for working within the Road Corridor

  1. Apply for a CAR and receive an approved CAR. No works can be undertaken without CAR approval
  2. Adhere to the Fair & Reasonable Conditions set out in the CAR.
  3. Correct set up and operation of a TMP within the road corridor
  4. Consider the following:

a. Can our vehicle(s) access the site safely?
b. Is there an operational TMP in place?
c. Will a spotter be available to guide our vehicles into a safe position?
d. Will pedestrians and vehicles be able to pass our vehicles safely?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then rather than proceeding with an unsafe practice, advise the site that they need to satisfy the above conditions prior to conducting of any delivery’s or activities.

Who can I talk to for further advice?

If you have any questions, or need further advice please contact Tony Francis -  Road Corridor Engineer at QLDC on 03 441 0499 or e-mail   

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