Ultimate guide to traffic cones

Looking to purchase road cones? Or simply want to brush up on your knowledge on them using our helpful FAQs? Our detailed guide to traffic cones has you covered.

What is a traffic cone?

Traffic cones, also known as road cones, highway cones and safety cones, are cone-shaped markers which are placed on the roads or temporary footpaths in order to redirect traffic in a safe manner. Typical uses of road cones include merging lanes during road construction projects, creating separation between vehicles or to manage vehicle accidents.

What colour are traffic cones?

  • Orange – the most common colour for a road cone, this is the standard highwayman cone – ideal for use in heavy traffic and parking control at events.
  • Yellow & white – indicates that no stopping is allowed – see our No Waiting Cone.
  • Blue & white – indicates that there are overhead structures to be aware of (e.g. bridges and power lines)
  • Green & white – indicates an opening to access lanes (often found on motorways amid roadworks)

Road cones FAQs

How big is a traffic cone?

2-part road cones are usually available in a range of sizes, including 1000mm, 750mm and 500mm.

How tall is a traffic cone?

The height of a traffic cone depends on the mph of the road they are being used on. Road cones must be 450mm or above for road speeds of 30mph – 50mph, but if the road speed is above 50mph, the cone height must be 750mm or above.

What material are traffic cones made of?

Traffic cones were originally made from concrete, while road cones are now more typically made from plastic or rubber. Here at Oxford Plastics, we supply a wide range of plastic road cones – made using 100% recycled plastic.

Can you put traffic cones on the road?

Often, people assume you can use road cones to reserve parking spaces, especially outside their homes. However, this is actually breaking road rules – as blocking the road with traffic cones is dangerous. Traffic cones are used on the roads by a professional company in order to control traffic in a certain way, or alert drivers to hazards up ahead.

Where to buy road cones

Oxford Plastics supply a wide range of road cones to buy – from the No Waiting Cone to the Highwayman Cone.

For more information about our road and traffic cones, get in touch with a member of our expert team. Alternatively, learn how to use signs and road cones for social distancing from our detailed guide.

Guide to Avalon® Barriers

Used most often in streetworks, the Avalon traffic barrier provides both stability and security with an innovative lockable connector – facilitating crowds and road traffic effectively. The perfect solution to crowd control, learn more about our Avalon safety barriers from our ultimate guide today.

What is an Avalon® barrier?

An Avalon safety barrier is our most popular safety barrier. Its popularity comes primarily through its versatility – being suitable for both indoor and outdoor pedestrian applications. Typically, this barrier is used in construction, street works, excavation, utility sites and events, while being extremely easy to use and transport.

Features of Avalon® safety barriers

  • Chapter 8 compliant – this product is compliant with Chapter 8 legislation.
  • Varying widths – Avalon plastic barriers are available in 2m, 1m and 0.5m wide.
  • Locking system – the Avalon traffic barrier has a unique and patented linking system design, which secures joints on uneven ground.
  • 100% recyclable – designed and manufactured in the UK, this product is also recyclable – making it the perfect green solution.

Avalon® safety barrier accessories

  • Ballast – for extra stability, you can also add ballast options for high winds. Try our Ballast Trays, Stability Bar or 1 of our StrongWall bases.
  • Spigot – connect the feet to the barriers, and these are available as spare parts to repair your feet.
  • Barrier feet–our barrier feet – ClearPath Feet or ClearPath Extra Feet – are specially designed to overcome trip hazards for pedestrians.

For more information on our Avalon safety barrier, read through our plastic safety barrier compliance document – which details how to use Ballast Trays, the branding options available for your Avalon Barrier and features more extras and replacement parts.

Interested in learning more about our Oxford Plastic safety barriers? Learn more about our top 5 barriers from this detailed guide. Alternatively, get in touch with a member of our expert team now to enquire about your own Oxford Plastics Avalon barriers.

How Oxford Plastics can Ensure Social Distancing on Campus

All places of education are due to reopen in September and we’re sure at the front of every headteacher, chancellor and local authority’s mind is how to keep students and staff safe and socially distanced on their return.

Although most news coverage has focused on primary and secondary schools, nurseries right through to universities are having to carefully consider the safety of all its learners as well as teaching and support staff.

Universities may well have the hardest job on their hands with substantial student numbers, large lecture groups and a substantial campus area to cover.

UK universities have huge numbers of students; with the top 10 universities all hosting more than 30,000 students each. Trying to communicate effectively with that sheer number of students is a mammoth task, and that’s where Oxford Plastics’ equipment and safety signage proves itself invaluable.

Campus safety

Implementing safety equipment such as our OxfordWall, Lantis Barriers and ClearPath mats can transform a campus overnight and – coupled with our strong signage products – can clearly demonstrate and communicate the proposed route of travel, one-way systems and any areas temporarily cordoned off to ensure student safety and social distancing.

Our product range can be easily installed and configured to minimise the risk of contact, by clearly demarcating safe thoroughfares, reducing congestion in confined areas and blocking unwanted access. These products help to control movement and encourage safe practice.

Communal areas

It’s not only travel around campus that needs to be considered. Communal areas such as union buildings, libraries and halls of residence need clear delineation of travel as well as ensuring minimum distancing is taken into account wherever necessary.

The Lantis Barrier is made of 85% recycled materials and has a soft welcoming aesthetic. Ordinarily used in parades, sporting events and ticketing lines, it’s a versatile solution and replacement to steel pedestrian barriers. During the pandemic, it has found another home by creating safe areas in universities, as well as maintaining social distancing through segmentation of staff and pupils.

Much lighter than steel barricades, the Lantis Barrier weighs just 14 kgs. The easy-carry handles mean installers can carry up to four at a time; ideal for quick roll-out across campus.

Cycling

Students often use bicycles as a fast, affordable and easy way of travelling around campus as well as further afield. However, encouraging greater use of bicycles coupled with reduced thoroughfares could lead to collisions between pedestrians and student cyclists.

Our OxfordWall product can create strong and safe cycle lanes; perfect for campus travel and keeping cyclists separate to students on foot. The barrier can be either sand- or water-filled and is highly visible to road users as well as fast and easy to deploy.

Changes to main thoroughfares

September will see the influx of thousands of new students on campus who – without prior knowledge of routes around the campus – will undoubtedly resort to university maps and original signage. With new measures across the entire site, all students – both old and new – will need to understand where to go in order to get to their lectures, tutor groups and access library resources. Our ClearPath® temporary walkways can clearly guide all students and staff to the new routes proposed across campus to ensure social distancing.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Why Select Oxford Plastics for your High Street Requirements?

Selecting a supplier for anything can be a challenging process, more so during the COVID-19 pandemic when councils and local authorities have had to quickly select a provider of safety equipment to assist and ensure social distancing measures.

Here we outline the numerous benefits of using Oxford Plastics, with its 35-year experience and UK-manufactured equipment, to implement your COVID-19 social distancing measures:

Expertise

We’ve been doing this for 35 years and have unparalleled knowledge when it comes to equipment, product sets and implementation. We can guide and advise our client base on the most appropriate solution for their needs and be on-hand to provide assistance in the design of the safety solution required.

Easy Installation

Our products are delivered ready to be installed, and many can be transported and installed as and when needed, like our portable one-person SafeGate Barrier. Our equipment is not just designed for its safety qualities, but is often stackable and lightweight to make transportation and installation easier.

Highly Visible

Our product sets are not only designed with safety in mind, they’re also designed to be highly visible in order to make it easier for members of the public to understand and adhere to them, such as the ClearPath® Mat.

In addition, our safety signage can be implemented alongside the equipment to further ensure visibility and comprehension.

Immediately Available

Working in the area of safety equipment and signage, it is crucial that we have our equipment available immediately to clients that have a requirement. Having a long lead time on safety barriers to cordon off a public hazard is unacceptable and as such, we have some of the shortest lead times in the UK, ensuring our clients get exactly what they need when they need it.

Semi-Permanent

The flexibility of our solutions is a significant feature as it can be easily adapted or reconfigured to meet the particular current need.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, this flexibility is proving invaluable as guidance is changing constantly, and town planners and councils need to be able to alter the current layouts easily to adjust the social distancing measures in order to comply with the most recent Government guidance.

UK Manufactured

Oxford Plastics manufactures its products in the UK, which means we have equipment that is immediately available at the point of need. Whilst there were substantial delays across multiple supply chains during the lockdown periods in China and across the world, by having our products manufactured on home soil mean logistical difficulties were minimised.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Oxford Plastics Top 5 Barriers

We’ve been manufacturing safety equipment and signage for more than three decades and have developed particular expertise when it comes to one of our core product sets; barriers.

Ranging from redirecting pedestrians on busy streets, to open-air gigs right through to today’s social distancing requirements, our barriers have helped thousands of projects and kept millions of people safe. Here is a summary of our top 5 barriers:

  1. OxfordWall

The OxfordWall is designed to be water-filled or sand-filled on-site for strength and durability. When empty, OxfordWall is a light, blow-moulded barrier; it stacks efficiently for easy transport and assembly.

OxfordWalls are made of UV stabilised polythene and are normally supplied in red or white. Designed for traffic delineation through and around work sites, the OxfordWall can create strong and safe cycle lanes and pedestrian access; crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic and the stringent social distancing guidelines. It is highly visible to road traffic users and is fast and easy to deploy.

  1. StrongWall® Barrier

The StrongWall® barrier is heavy-duty, robust and strong, providing safe access for pedestrians through highways and construction works. The 18kg base, made from recycled plastics, weights the barrier for strong stability. The walls interlock using a pin and bucket locking system to prevent being dismantled or tampered with.

The barrier is non-corrosive and non-conductive with compact stacking for easy transport and handling. Colours and customisation are available to ensure the StrongWall represents our clients’ brand.

This heavy-duty, wind-resistant barrier can help keep cyclists, pedestrians and road traffic separated and safe. This system provides safe access and protection for semi-permanent or long-term use, throughout the year.

  1. StrongFence Barrier

The StrongFence barrier is an extension of the patented StrongWall® Barrier.

Enhanced Barrier, 2m tall for use at deep excavations. 100% plastic, non-conductive, used in Street Works & Construction jobs, in sub-stations,

  1. Avalon® Chapter 8 Plastic Safety Barrier

The Avalon® is our most popular barrier and suitable for pedestrian and cycle lane delineation. It is Chapter 8 compliant and perfect for semi-permanent, temporary and short-term requirements.

The barrier is available in 2m, 1m and 0.5m wide and can be used on uneven ground; ideal for temporary road surfaces or on non-paved surfaces.

The barriers are available with the standard Avalon® linking system or the tube end linking system. Different feet can be selected dependent on customer requirements, and this safety barrier is customisable to ensure corporate colours and branding if needed.

  1. SafeGate Portable Gate Barrier

The SafeGate barrier is designed for use around temporary excavations and commonly used in the communications industry and guarding manholes. Perfect for creating safe access and controlled entry to specific areas, it is ideal for temporary or semi-permanent solutions in environments such as schools, airports and high streets.

Made from high-density polyethylene and small enough to fit in the back of a van, the SafeGate Barrier is ideal for single person worksites. It is very lightweight and can be erected in seconds.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Ways to Roll Out Social Distancing on the High Street

With the streets likely to start busying up over the coming weeks, as government announcements continue to resurrect the economy, hospitality industry and shops, social distancing will need to be the primary consideration for the public. So, what can we do to protect the public on the high streets? That’s where Oxford Plastics steps in. With our range of highly visible UK-manufactured equipment, we can provide contact prevention solutions – allowing the high street to adhere to social distancing measures. Learn more about our range of effective versatile construction safety equipment now from our detailed guide.

How to socially distance on the high street

One of the most effective ways to ensure social distancing measures are implemented on the high street is by using streetworks signage and safety equipment. At Oxford Plastics, we supply a range of contact prevention solutions which can protect and help the public adhere to social distancing measures.

Safety barriers and temporary fences

  • Safety barriers
    We have a range of weighted safety barriers which are perfect for directing vehicle or human traffic. Choose from our extensive collection of temporary fences, including our Avalon® Barrier – a customisable, Chapter 8 compliant pedestrian safety barrier; our SafeGate – a portable light telecoms barrier; our Oxford Wall MKII – a red and white traffic delineator barrier; or our StrongWall 1000 – a heavy-duty, wind-resistance barrier.
  • Temporary fences
    Choose from our extensive collection of temporary fences, our StrongFence – 100% plastic heavy duty barrier, or our EnduraFence – a durable and heavy-duty temporary fence.

Find out more from our safety barriers and fences page. For more information on which safety barrier to choose, read our detailed guide on the top 5 barriers.

Signs, cones and speed bumps

Signs and cones are also a great, easy way of controlling foot traffic. Perfect for implementing social distancing measures on the high street, our range of traffic signs includes our EnduraSign – a long-life temporary plastic traffic sign – and our EnduraSign Ballast – a sign ballast for plastic and metal signs. Road cones are available in either our No Waiting Cone option, or our Highwayman Cone.

Learn more about our traffic signs and road cones now, or read our detailed guide on how to use road signs and cones for social distancing.

Here at Oxford Plastics, we manufacture intelligently designed, flexible contact prevention solutions in order to make public spaces and high streets safer and more efficient. With government guidelines regularly updating, our versatile equipment can accommodate to announcements easily – with safe, secure and compliant products. Learn more about our contact prevention products and equipment, or get in touch with a member of our expert team now.

How to Roll Out Social Distancing Measures to Prepare your School to Reopen in September

Schools are one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown; closed down in March save for children of key workers and only allowed to partially reopen at the beginning of June, the education sector has been troubled with uncertainty for teachers, parents and children.

Whilst many welcomed the Government announcement on 19th June that all schools are to reopen in September, many will be concerned about the ongoing safety and social distancing measures for the pupils and staff.

Schools have had to make major adaptations to how they operate and how both pupils and staff travel around the campus. To date; bubbles have been implemented, one-way systems for thoroughfares and separated playgrounds have been just some of the immediate changes schools have had to make. From September, when all pupils must return, schools are under increased pressure to ensure all pupils, teaching staff and auxiliary staff are adequately protected.

This is where our expertise, experience and equipment can prove invaluable. With 35 years’ experience in safety equipment and signage, Oxford Plastics is ideally placed to provide advice and guidance on how best to employ the safety measures required to adhere to Government guidance, as well as provide the most appropriate equipment to implement these measures.

We have a dedicated suite of equipment specially selected to work in educational environments, from barriers to clear walkways; easy for even the youngest of pupils to understand and adhere to. Our ClearPath® Temporary Walkway can help to keep students and staff safely distanced by clearly demarcating walkways. Fast and easy to install, it’s ideal for temporary or permanent solutions to maintain safe walkways and building access. Our Lantis Barrier is made of 85% recycled materials and has a soft welcoming aesthetic, so is less unsettling for children, whilst being suitable for creating safe areas in schools and playgrounds as well as maintaining social distancing through segmentation of staff and pupils.

With talks of a potential second wave, it is critical to keep our teachers and youngest citizens as safe as possible whilst ensuring access to education – particularly as so many have missed out on such a substantial amount of teaching time already in 2020.

Oxford Plastics is on-hand to help advise, guide and partner with educational institutions to help map out social distancing measures – and the equipment and signage to support these – to ensure the safety of all those working and attending the campus. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and health & safety compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Benefits of Getting your COVID Preparation Equipment from a Single Provider

Whilst it is often good to shop around and source various products from multiple locations, when it comes to sourcing safety equipment and signage, there are many reasons why it makes sense to use a single, trusted provider.

  1. Expertise

It’s not simply about sourcing equipment; it’s about getting the right advice and guidance on exactly what products will best meet your needs.

True experts will ask about your requirements and then produce a product list of what equipment will fulfil those needs, rather than your organisation guessing what you need and going straight to sourcing it, when a more practical or cost-effective solution would be better. Oxford Plastics prides itself of giving customers the best advice possible, and exploring all options, rather than simply fulfilling an order sheet.

  1. Integration of Products

Using a single, expert provider means you will have a better integration of products. Barriers that fit alongside pathways and signage make for a more streamlined, fluid solution rather than a myriad of products all pushed together in an attempt to create a total solution.

Working with Oxford Plastics, for example, we could advise on each individual element but then conduct a holistic overview to ensure all equipment provided fits and works seamlessly together to ensure a positive flow and experience for users. In addition, this avoids any mismatched equipment side-by-side that could interrupt the flow or – worse still – pose a danger to users, such as a stepped element that could be a trip hazard or a break in directional barriers that could cause confusion.

  1. Economies of Scale

Whilst it is often encouraged to shop around to get the best price and to keep suppliers ‘on their toes’, there’s a lot to be said for using a single supplier to provide all your equipment. By using a single supplier, they are able to dedicate more time to you as a large-scale customer, as well as provide the best pricing based on the knowledge that you’ll be using a number of their products. Delivery charges can be bundled or waived based on the number of products per shipment and a single, dedicated account manager can price full solutions in one order rather than several single orders.

  1. Partnership

Partnering with a single supplier shows a commitment to that supplier, who in turn can invest in the customer and provide the best possible customer service. With a single provider there is also accountability with regards to every element of the solution; from order stage through to delivery, installation, maintenance, repairs and finally removal. By taking this streamlined approach, fewer resources are required to manage and maintain the relationship, giving a further cost-benefit that can be passed back to the customer.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Creating Space to Social Distance in Train Stations and Airports

As the UK slowly starts to reopen its social spaces, it’s vital for Government guidelines to be implemented and adhered to in order to keep both the public and workers safe in their environments.

With train stations and airports crucial for commuting to work, as well as rebuilding the UK’s hard-hit tourism sector, ensuring the correct measures are in place as well as the ability to easily socially distance is critical to the success of easing lockdown measures across the country.

However, as restrictions are lifted, guidance is changing on a weekly basis and it’s important for station and airport managers to have flexible solutions that can change in accordance with Government announcements.

Transport hubs such as stations and airports need to be able to move people in directions and perhaps even in areas that were not originally designed for the public. This can bring about significant challenges, but this is where Oxford Plastics can provide real value.

Our comprehensive, readily-available streetworks equipment can ease this challenge; from ClearPath Mats providing clear and visible guidance to pedestrians as to where to walk, signage to eradicate any confusion and the SupaGrip Ramp for wheelchair users, those with prams and commuters with pull-along luggage to be able to easily negotiate steps or kerbs that might hinder their progress.

Not only do we offer a wide range of UK-manufactured, highly visible equipment, but it is easily installed and customisable to meet the needs of our clients. We are a trusted provider of construction signage and safety equipment with a proven track record in both customer service and high-quality products.

During this time of uncertainty and change across the UK, we are on-hand to provide advice, guidance and flexible solutions that can help transform public places into safe, compliant spaces for all users.

Partnering with a specialist such as Oxford Plastics to implement these changes to the transport network can give transport hubs peace of mind and reassurance in this highly charged and challenging time. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Trench Grid – Amey Utilities’ 2020 Challenge winner

Recently, we embarked on a journey with one of the UK’s biggest utility companies, Amey. They supply utilities such as water, gas and electricity to homes across the nation. They strive on making journeys better by maintaining and improving roads, railways and airports. They also keep facilities running smoothly, and improving social housing and schools.

The brief…

Amey approached us with a common issue that was found on streetworks sites across the country. When digging a trench on public grounds, there was a risk that was created when leaving a site overnight. Even with clear barrier systems in place and signage warning people of the works being carried out, the open trench was still an issue that needed addressing.

So how did we do it?

Firstly, we needed to fully understand Amey’s requirements and what exactly they were looking for. This research phase is something Oxford Plastics are well versed in as we have developed numerous products with end-users, most notably the LowPro 15/10 Trench Cover which was developed with Cadent (previously known as National Grid). The LowPro 15/10 also went onto win the Street Works Future Award too. Check out our blog on the award here!

We believe partnering with real-life users of our products is the best way to find out how our products are being used, what issues there are within the markets and areas that cause a risk to the safety of workers and the public.

The end result – Trench Grid

Once we had carried out our extensive R&D process, we finally produced a product to eliminate the safety issues of leaving a trench overnight. Trench Grid was born. With the ability to span across a 1-meter trench with a maximum depth of 1.2-meters, it provides a safe solution to the public when leaving a trench overnight.

It also complies with the Oxford Plastic Systems drop-test where a 45kg weight is released from a test rig and allowed to free-fall a minimum of 1.2m under gravity onto the surface of the test sample and held for at least five minutes.

Though the TrenchGrid is a SECONDARY PROTECTION measure, for primary protection, refer to the LowPro Trench Cover & Road Plate range such as the LowPro 12/8 Footway Board, LowPro 11/11 Footway Board and the LowPro 15/10 Driveway Board.