Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched a scheme encouraging Londonders to “name and shame” roadworks sites which are “disruptive or neglected”.
Citizens can use the new reporting system to tell Transport for London (TfL) about offending roadworks. TfL will then take action with the relevant organisations. Johnson and TfL also released a list of standards for roadworks sites, and called on borough highway authorities to do the same.
“Roadworks are a massive headache for Londoners, also levying a heavy toll on our economy,” said Johnson. “We are now putting in place better ways to empower Londoners to name and shame those who blight our city with disruptive or badly managed roadworks. These reports will followed-up with swift action by the relevant authority.”
TfL is also reducing its roadworks ‘cap’ — the maximum number of roadworks it allows on the Transport for London Road Network at any one time — by a further 10%.
Boris Johnson/TfL roadworks standards
All roadworks should:
- Be tidy and safe with a clutter-free site so it is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.
- Always explain what’s happening through detailed, clear and consistent signage.
- Always have activity on site or, if not, explain why (for example if concrete is drying).
- Take up as little road/pavement space as possible with a compact working area and eliminating the unnecessary use of cones, safety barriers and storage of materials.
- Help keep London moving by working outside peak hours, re-opening the road to traffic at peak times and, where this is not possible, working 24/7 or extended hours to complete works as quickly as possible. Diversion routes should be clearly signed.