Councils urged to tackle road works disruption
- Published on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:52
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Local authorities are being urged by Regional and Local Transport Minister Norman Baker to consider the use of permit schemes that help to reduce the disruption caused by road works(April 13th)
Road works permit schemes give councils more power to coordinate road works and once a scheme is in place utility companies and local authorities must abide by strict conditions including time limits, coordination or the amount of road space to be left available to road users during the works.
Anyone who breaks the terms of their permit or works without a permit could be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £5,000.
The letter sent to councils today also outlines plans to make the permit scheme application process less bureaucratic and costly by allowing councils to introduce schemes without needing to seek approval from central government.
Norman Baker said:
"Some road works are necessary to keep vital infrastructure running but they should be managed so that the public aren't constantly inconvenienced.
"That is why I have written to councils today urging them to develop permit schemes to help them co-ordinate works and reduce the hassle and frustration caused by road works.
"We are also working to make it easier for councils to use the powers at their disposal to cut road works disruption by cutting the red tape they need to get through to put permit schemes in place."