The London Assembly Transport Committee has warned that plans for a lane rental scheme to charge contractors for road works could lead to residents bearing the cost of payments under the scheme.
Utility companies could simply pass on the cost of lane rental to their customers through higher bills, the committee warned in its response to the government’s and Transport for London’s (TfL) consultation on the scheme. The committee said regulators could be given powers to control this.
The committee also said that if utility companies carry out roadworks outside chargeable times to avoid paying for lane rental, Londoners could be affected by noise late at night and on weekends. It also said contractors could impede access by parking vehicles and storing materials on pavements, to avoid doing so on roads.
“The government and TfL need to make sure that it is not Londoners who come off worse in the trade-off between reducing traffic disruption and potentially increasing utility bills and noise,” said Transport Committee chair Caroline Pidgeon.