Councils to charge for road works

26/01/2012
Highways Reporters

New powers to help councils cut the disruption caused by road works have been announced by Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Under ‘lane rental’ schemes councils will be able to charge utility companies up to £2,500 a day to dig up the busiest roads during peak times when road works cause the most disruption.

The move will incentivise utility firms to carry out their works more quickly and at times when roads are quieter.

Companies would be able to avoid the charges by carrying out works during off-peak periods or at night.

The Department for Transport has now published guidance for local authorities wanting to put lane rental schemes in place.

Baker said: "It is incredibly frustrating to find vital roads being dug up in the middle of the rush hour or, even worse, traffic lanes closed when no one is even carrying out any work.

"This disruption is not only inconvenient but very expensive, with roadworks-related congestion costing the economy an estimated £4 billion a year, which is why we are taking firm action.

“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.

"We believe lane rental schemes provide a further incentive to utility companies and local authorities to carry out their works at times when they will cause the minimum disruption and to complete them as quickly as possible.”

Any revenue raised from the implementation of lane rental charges will have to be used by councils to fund measures which could help to reduce future road works disruption.

This could include infrastructure work, research or measures to improve the management of works.
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