Councils gain additional road works powers
- Published on Monday, 30 January 2012 10:34
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Further powers are being granted to local authorities to reduce levels of disruption caused by road works in their areas
The decision was announced by transport minister Norman Baker, who explained that the move will create an incentive for utilities companies to carry out maintenance during off-peak times and speed up such activities.
"While permit schemes are working well to reduce disruption from roadworks in areas where they have been sanctioned we think it sensible to try out a further option," he explained.
Councils will be able to apply lane rental charges of up to £2,500 a day for firms looking to dig up busy roads at the most congested times and guidance for those local authorities wanting to implement such schemes has now been published by the government.
Meanwhile, Britons could see their petrol and diesel bills rise as a result of the recent collapse of the Coryton refinery in London.
The facility on the Thames has entered administration, placing 1,000 jobs at risk and potentially leading to fuel costs soaring over the coming weeks, as supplies have to be sought from Europe, according to RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson, quoted in the Independent.