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Roadwork rules change aims to reduce congestion

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The Government is proposing a major crackdown on disruption caused by roadworks on local roads, with seven-day working among the recommendations.

Councils and utility companies could face paying up to £5,000 a day if road works needlessly inconvenience motorists, by being left in place over a weekend, when no one is actually working.

Similar charges could also be levied on those who leave temporary traffic lights in place after work has been completed, again on local A roads.

Workers on ‘A’ roads, which are managed by councils, will either have to work over the weekend – so the project is finished sooner - or lift the works until they resume.

Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin said: “I want to deliver better journeys for drivers. Roadworks can be essential, but that doesn’t mean they should be in place any longer than is absolutely necessary. That is why I am looking at proposals to reduce queues and make drivers’ lives easier.

“These commonsense measures will be a welcome relief to those trying to get from A to B on our local roads.”

Motorists could benefit from reduced congestion, resulting in faster and more reliable journeys - less time on the roads and more time at work or enjoying their own free time.

Councils will still need to carry out essential road works, from fixing potholes to re-surfacing, and utility companies will still need to dig up roads to fix broadband connections, water, electricity or gas supplies.

However, the Government is looking at ways of changing how works are done on local ‘A’ roads to avoid unnecessary delays.

There is an existing penalty of £5,000 per day for roadworks that overrun.

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  • Sue - 28/01/2016 12:02

    Less disruption; now there's an idea. Between my home and work we have a junction closed for 5 weeks; journey time has tripled. The route many of us are taking home during this time will have a road closure for a week starting next week. No idea what route to take home. Who plans these things?!

  • Honest Abdul - 28/01/2016 16:49

    So this applies only to ‘A’ roads, which are managed by councils. Who manages other 'A' roads? Ah, the Government, who of course CAN leave roadworks open on weekends and there is no penalty.

  • Glenn - 03/02/2016 14:17

    Why do we have to suffer this pain at this time every year? It is simply because Councils/companies are not capable of budgeting properly and spend all their money in the last few months leading to the April cut-off. They'll frequently schedule roadworks on every road leading in, out and through towns: causing the most inconvenience. One other throwback is that there are only so many able crews out there to do the work: meaning that at least half the jobs done will be substandard and need doing again pretty quickly (and I'll bet they don't claw the money back from the clowns that did the first job). We're already clinically depressed by this stage of the winter without these morons making our travel a nightnmare too. Rant over.

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