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Increasing road safety with traffic barriers

One crucial element in mitigating the impact of accidents and enhancing overall road safety during a temporary project is the strategic deployment of traffic barriers. These barriers serve as a critical line of defense, protecting motorists, pedestrians, and infrastructure from the potential hazards of vehicular collisions. This page delves into the importance of road barriers, our various types, and their key elements in creating a safer road environment.


Safety is important during construction works and roadworks. That is why you should pay attention to traffic barriers. These road barriers certainly contribute to safety on and alongside the road. Their striking colours (red and white) allow you to see them from afar. Drivers and pedestrians also know exactly which road to follow. Do you want to know more? Then download the information leaflet.


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Chapter 1

Key elements of traffic management during roadworks

Traffic demarcation is a crucial aspect of construction site safety, especially when the site is located near high-traffic zones such as highways. Traffic demarcation comprises the various elements that work together to control the flow of vehicles and pedestrians. Therefore, we take a closer look at the main elements of traffic barriers.


Signage and markings

Clearly visible signs and markings are essential for guiding vehicles and pedestrians safely. This includes road signs, lane markings, and other directional indicators. Adequate use of colors, symbols, and reflective materials ensures visibility during both day and night. Highly visible road barriers are therefore an important part of indicating clear road markings. 

Maintain consistency in the use of symbols and colours to convey specific messages. For example, you could use vibrant red and white road barriers to make it clear that the situation has changed. This colour combination is also easily visible from afar. 


Barriers and cones

Physical road barriers and traffic cones are valuable tools for creating a separation between construction zones and traffic routes. They help guide vehicles along designated paths and create a safer environment for everyone involved.


Temporary traffic control plans

Developing and implementing temporary traffic control plans is a crucial aspect of traffic demarcation. These plans detail the specific measures to be taken to manage traffic safely during construction projects, considering factors such as the project's size, location and duration. The deployment of traffic barriers are therefore an important element to include in the plan.

Chapter 2

The importance of traffic barriers

When building in a high-traffic environment, you are obliged to install proper traffic management to prevent accidents. Highly visible and robust road barriers are needed especially when passengers or vehicles need to follow designated pathways. 

Traffic barriers (also known as road barriers or road safety barriers) are physical barriers that are strategically placed alongside roadways to prevent vehicles from leaving the marked roadway or colliding with obstacles or pedestrians. Traffic barriers thus play an important role in enhancing road safety, addressing various potential hazards.


Traffic channelisation

Road barriers contribute to the orderly flow of traffic by channelising drivers along designated routes. This is especially important in areas with complex road layouts, intersections, or construction zones, where traffic barriers guide drivers and help prevent confusion.


Collision prevention

When moving vehicles are in close proximity to the temporary site perimeter and its operatives, road safety barriers act as a shield. These barriers prevent vehicles from colliding with hazardous elements such as trees and utilities. By containing vehicles within the road space, traffic barriers reduce the severity of accidents and protect drivers, passengers and your employees. 


Pedestrian safety

In urban, high-traffic zones, road barriers contribute to pedestrian safety by creating a clear separation between footpaths and roadways. In this way, vehicles cannot collide with pedestrians. This is particularly important near busy streets or intersections, reducing the risk of accidents involving passers-by. 


Work zone protection

During road construction or maintenance activities, traffic barriers are crucial for creating a protective zone for your workers. The road barriers protect construction sites and your workers from passing vehicles. Because you use the barriers to clearly show where the work is being done, motorists know to be careful. This allows your workers to work undisturbed and reduces the risk of accidents. 


Vehicle departure prevention

Another primary role of traffic barriers is to prevent vehicles from leaving the roadway. Due to the safety colours (red and white) of road safety barriers, you can easily show that it is dangerous not to follow the marked path. Road barriers thus are important to reduce the risk of accidents, especially on highways and roads with curves.

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Which road barriers does Heras Mobile offer?

When your company has to complete a project near a roadside, traffic control and safety are your priority. It is essential to ensure the safety of your employees working on a roadside project, pedestrians and all motorists passing your project. This means that you will need to use equipment that is versatile and effective in preventing or reducing accidents, especially on construction projects along highways or other high-speed areas. Deploying the right traffic barriers can help you. 

All our road barriers are available in red and white. This ensures that they are highly visible from afar. Some of our traffic barriers are:

  1. Bull Barrier: The Bull Barrier is a road safety barrier which you can use to segregate pedestrians and increase traffic control. They are typically deployed to protect pedestrians, vehicles and workers while roadworks are in progress. 

  2. Heras Interblock 1.75 m: Especially when pedestrians and vehicles need to follow a designated pathway, our Interblocks can be used. The Heras Interblock brings you everything you expect from a traffic barrier.

  3. GB2 Barrier: The GB2 Barrier is a fully interlocking, water filled road safety barrier which is suitable for low level containment such as highways.

  4. Heras EVO Barrier: The EVO Barrier is a fully interlocking barrier system which can be filled with water or sand. This road barrier is available in three different sizes which can be used together to create a versatile traffic barrier system.

  5. RB2000 Barrier: This barrier is suitable for low level traffic containment such as highways. The RB2000 Barrier can be filled with water or ballast to create a heavy duty road safety barrier.

  6. RB22 Barrier: You could use this barrier to safely board off temporary roadworks. Our RB22 Barrier is ideally suited for deployment in unsafe traffic locations. The robust and highly capable RB22 barrier is a versatile, yet strong and flexible one-piece water fillable system.

To enhance safety even further, you can place temporary fences on the road barriers. This will prevent pedestrians from climbing over the barriers. Request a no-obligation quote or contact us so we can help you with this.

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Buy or hire road barriers from Heras Mobile

Traffic barriers are indispensable elements to increase road safety during construction or roadworks. Their strategic placement and diverse designs cater to different safety needs. Request a no-obligation quote for our road barriers or download our leaflet if you want to find out more about our barriers.