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Street works scheme put to the test in central London

CENTRAL LONDON is to pilot a scheme of co-ordinating street works from January.

Under the scheme utilities will only be able to dig up strategic roads in the centre of the capital according to a strict rota. They will also only be able to carry out non-essential works at prescribed times of the year.

The scheme is designed to keep alternative east-west and northsouth routes clear at all times.

'It means we can't knock out two parallel roads, ' says Patricia Brown, chief executive for Central London Partnership, which will run the scheme.

Local authorities for the City of London Westminster, Camden, Islington and Southwark, have already signed up, along with more than 30 utilities and contractors. If successful, the plans are to widen the scheme to Greater London.

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