Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many highways authorities have introduced a street works licence scheme under the new Roads and Street Works Act 1991, as amended by the Traffic Management Act 2004.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

holding answer 10 March 2009

Neither the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, nor the Traffic Management Act 2004, allows for a street works licence scheme. However part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, which came into force in April 2008, allows local authorities in England, with the consent of the Secretary of State, to operate a permit scheme, under which anyone carrying out works in the public highway must seek permission for those works before proceeding.

No authorities have yet been authorised to operate a permit scheme. Transport for London and 13 London boroughs submitted a London Common Permit scheme for the Department for Transport's approval in July 2008. The Department sought clarification about the proposed scheme last September and we await further information.

In January 2009 Kent county council submitted a separate application to run a permit scheme. This is being considered by officials.

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