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DfT consults on road works disruption charges

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.

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  • I'd hope they also insisted on such roadworks should include adequate re-instatement to provide long term surfacing standardsand continuous profiles across the excavated area equal to the existing road surface - and with necessary re-visits and remedial works where these re-instatement works' surfacing has sunk or otherwise deteriorated!

    A very large proportion of the massive problem we have with potholes and other road defects and so called frost damage is due to inadequate re-instatement works, and such defective work not being adequately, if ever, remedied.

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