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Pilot - light shed


With regard to the news story on pilot lane rental schemes for utility firms (NCE 28 February), in the late 1980s I sat on a small working group comprising representatives from local authorities and the (then) Department of Transport to develop the existing motorway lane rental conditions of contract for use on local roads.

We proposed the concept of the road occupancy fee (ROF) and prepared a series of conditions whereby the utility company or contractor would be charged for every day that they occupied the road for construction works. Sound familiar?

Jeremy Pinington, TRL,

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