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A Basic Introduction to Traffic Signal Terminology, Calculations and How Signals Work (a one day course)


This course is designed to provide anyone whose work involves traffic modelling with a concise grounding in the most important traffic signal concepts. The correct modelling of traffic signals is vital in any traffic model and to achieve this it is important that traffic modellers understand how traffic signals work and are designed. This course is based on our more comprehensive two day Introduction to Traffic Signals course but concentrates on subjects of most interest to traffic modellers to allow the course to be completed in one day. The course covers basic concepts and does not cover any details of how traffic signals are modelled in modelling software.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for anyone involved in traffic modelling and who are new to traffic signals or would like to refresh their understanding of important traffic signal concepts. It is suitable for complete beginners and no prior knowledge of traffic modelling or traffic signals is required. This course also provides all of the pre-requisite knowledge required for anyone looking to complete one of our LinSig courses.

For anyone involved more generally with traffic signals, for example in an operational role, our Introduction to Traffic Signals two day course will provide a more comprehensive introduction to a wider range of topics.


This course is suitable for complete beginners and no prior knowledge is required.


All JCT courses are Approved or are pending Approval by the Institute of Highway Engineers and attendance is therefore recognised by the IHE and many other bodies as evidence of Continual Professional Development (CPD).

Courses are managed under a ISO9001 Quality Management System.

Course content

The course is aimed at providing a good grounding in the most important traffic signal concepts which traffic modellers will encounter when building or checking traffic models.

  • Traffic Signal Terminology.
  • Traffic Signal Theory and Calculations.
  • How Traffic Signals Work.
  • Traffic Signal control strategies.
  • Providing for Pedestrians and Cyclists.

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