Timber Traffic Management Plan (TTMP): Voluntary arrangement to sustain timber haulage on vulnerable roads.
A series of TTMP’s for Argyll & Bute have been developed through consultation between the Argyll Timber Transport Group (ATTG) Project Officer and Roads Asset Manager for roads presently identified on the ARM as "severely restricted" initially, progressing to "consultation routes" as required thereafter.
Where a TTMP is identified through consultation as necessary but as yet not developed, the TTMP should be agreed by Argyll & Bute Council and the applicants prior to submission of any forest plans or felling licences to the Forestry Commission. Although developed initially by particular parties, the plans would apply to all timber haulage on the route and may need to be amended. TTMP will include date, and names of all parties contributing.
All timber haulage road users will be expected to accommodate the plan that has been developed for the route. This will require a degree of liaison when harvesting operations are likely to overlap.
The purpose of this local agreement is specifically to ensure that reasonable access is maintained for the Forestry Owner, and their neighbours, but in a sustainable fashion, in accordance with regional and national forest strategy.
It is advisable that all parties will be actively involved in ensuring this agreement is fulfilled, and may also enlist the Group or a representative to help arbitrate in the control, monitoring or reviewing of this agreement. If road conditions continue to deteriorate beyond acceptable levels, despite the above mitigating measures, a more stringent scheme will be devised and implemented as prevailing conditions dictate. Conversely where improvements are made on a route, future plans may relax some measures, or it may be possible to remove the need for a TTMP altogether.