I am delighted with Government proposals that will allow Councils to ‘charge’ utility companies for digging up the roads at peak periods.
Under the proposals, utility companies would be charged for ‘renting’ the road while they carry out work, with higher charges at peak periods. Any revenue raised from the lane rental charges would be used by councils to fund measures which could help to reduce future road works disruption.
Over the last nine months, we have seen major traffic disruption throughout many parts of Wirral as the various utility companies dig up the roads. As well as causing delays to drivers, it is also expensive. Here in Moreton we have seen the damage caused to trade in local shops along Hoylake Road and anything we can do to avoid this is good news.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said “Everyone knows how frustrating it can be when you are sat in a traffic jam, unable to get to work or drop off the children at school because someone is digging up the road. This disruption is expensive as well as inconvenient, with one estimate valuing the loss to the economy from road works congestion at £4bn a year. We simply cannot afford this. “That is why I am putting forward proposals which would incentivise utility companies and local authorities to carry out their works at times when they will cause the minimum disruption to the travelling public.”