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Manchester councils given powers to fine utilities for over-running road works

Councils in Greater Manchester have been granted powers to issue fines of up to £5,000 to companies breaking new roadworks rules.

Transport minister Norman Baker approved the country’s first joint permit scheme, giving all 10 local authorities in the area greater powers over construction works on their roads.

The scheme allows councils to set conditions on timing, coordination and the amount of road space left available to road users. Companies who work without a permit or break the conditions will be fined.

Baker said: “We are determined to tackle problem road works and make sure that those who dig up the road are made accountable when unnecessary disruption occurs.”

The authorities within the scheme are Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

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