The Department for Transport (DfT) has today published a consultation on “lane rental” schemes to cut the number of rush hour road works by utility companies.
Under lane rental schemes, councils would be able to charge utility companies to work on the busiest roads during peak times. Companies could avoid the charges by carrying out works during quieter periods or at night.
Councils would use revenue from lane rental charges to fund measures which could help to reduce future road works disruption, including infrastructure improvements. Councils wishing to put a lane rental scheme in place would need to gain approval from the DfT.
The DfT has proposed that schemes should initially be used in one urban and one non-metropolitan area, to gather evidence on the effectiveness of lane rental.