Charge-per-hour plan to cut roadwork delay
DELAYS caused by roadworks could be halved under new plans to charge utility companies by the hour to carry out work in the street.
The proposals outlined by the Department for Transport suggest allowing local authorities to charge utility companies by the hour to undertake works on selected routes, encouraging the firms to avoid busy roads at peak times and work together when they need to dig up congested routes.
It is estimated that the current 2.5 million roadworks carried out on UK roads cost the economy an additional £4billion a year from lost productivity, delays and rising business costs.
Successful trials in London and Kent have already seen delays caused by roadworks fall by half as utility firms have increased the amount they work together sixfold.
Councils currently use permit schemes to monitor utility works, but lane rental would give them additional powers to manage roadworks during busy periods.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “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 improve journeys, cut congestion and save businesses from increased costs they incur as a result of traffic.”
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