Road Works

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to local authorities on reducing the impact of road works on individuals and businesses; and what funding they have made available to support that guidance.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Under sections 59 and 60 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, highway authorities have a general duty to co-ordinate all street and road works on their networks and statutory undertakers have a general duty to use their best endeavours to co-operate with such actions. A Code of Practice entitled ‘Code of Practice for the Co-ordination of Street Works and Works for Road Purposes and Related Matters’ supports the delivery of these obligations. It can be found at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/street-works-co-ordination.

The Traffic Management Act 2004 enables highway authorities to manage works proactively on the highway by operating a street works permit scheme, where a permit to undertake works needs to be approved prior to those works taking place. Over 65% of local highway authorities in England operate a permit scheme and the Government has requested that the remaining highway authorities introduce schemes.

The Department is funding the £10m Street Manager project to improve the way that information on works is exchanged and how data is collected and shared. The project will enable better co-ordination and generate data which can be used to inform the public about planned and live works.

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