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News » UK » Lane rental roll-out planned for streetworks » published 4 Sep 2017

Lane rental roll-out planned for streetworks

The Department for Transport is proposing to allow local authorities to charge utility companies by the hour during road works.

The proposals would allow local authorities to charge utility companies by the hour to carry out works on selected routes, encouraging them to avoid busy roads and peak times, and incentivising them to join together when they do need to dig up busy roads.

Trials in London and Kent have already seen severe congestion caused by utility works fall by more than half.

Firms could avoid the charges by carrying out works during evenings and weekends or coordinating their plans. In London, utility companies have worked together more than 600 times since the trials began, up from just 100 beforehand.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “Delays caused by roadworks can be the bane of drivers’ lives – especially when they take place at rush hour on busy routes.

“These proposals would give councils greater powers to ensure utility companies avoid carrying out works at the busiest times and on the most popular routes. This would not only improve journeys and cut congestion but also save businesses from the increased costs they incur as a result of traffic on our roads.”

The Department for Transport is consulting on a series of options to minimise disruption and boost efficiency.

Currently, most local authorities use permit schemes to monitor roadworks, but lane rental would give them additional powers to manage works on the busiest roads at the busiest times.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at Transport for London, said: “We’re delighted about these plans to extend the lane rental scheme nationally. It has been a resounding success in the capital, with the amount of severe disruption caused by badly-managed or poorly-timed roadworks more than halved. This has helped improve journey times for bus passengers, drivers and cyclists, while also helping to tackle emissions.”

Consultation on The future of lane rental runs until 28th October 2017. The DfT hopes to could introduce the changes by 2019.

 

 

 

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This article was published on 4 Sep 2017 (last updated on 4 Sep 2017).

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