Vehicle restraint barriers and pedestrian guardrails are used to separate pedestrians and vehicles from hazards.
Pedestrian guardrails are designed to protect adults and children at road junctions and crossing points, whilst allowing good visibiity from a motorist's view point.
Vehicle Restraint Systems (VRS) or Safety Fences are used mostly on motorways, dual-carriageways, junctions and approaches to roundabouts. Their main purpose is to restrain or redirect errant vehicles from crossing central reservations into the path of other vehicles or from leaving the road following accidents or collisions.
Trip rail fencing, also known as knee rail fencing, is commonly used to mark the boundary in place such as car parks and alongside pathways. It is also used to prevent cars from parking on grass verges.
Damaged vehicle restraint barriers will be made safe within two to 24 hours depending upon a risk assessment and permanently repaired within seven days.
Damaged pedestrian barriers and other fences, which are the responsibility of the council, will be made safe within two to 24 hours depending upon a risk assessment and permanently repaired within 28 days.
Report a problem
You can report a problem with barriers and guardrails online or call 0800 0232334
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