Proposals could reduce number of roadworks in Bracknell
Published: 21 Oct 2013 09:300 comments
It wants to introduce a street works permit scheme, meaning utility companies and council contractors will have to apply for a permit each time they dig up the road to lay cables and pipes or do repairs.
At present, utility companies only have to inform the highway authority if they are planning to dig up the road.
But under Bracknell Forest Council’s proposed permit scheme, they would have to 'book’ their time in the road, would have to abide by specific dates, times and conditions. Organisations would have to pay a fee, although it has not been specified how much these would cost.
The council wants to reduce congestion and disruption to residents and businesses caused by roadworks and says similar schemes have proved successful in other areas in reducing the amount of congestion as utility companies work more closely together.
Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for transport and planning, said: “This street works permit scheme would be a huge boost to everyone who drives around the borough.
“It would make companies think twice about digging up the road so often because it will cost them to do so.
“It would encourage them to collaborate and we could demand the work is carried out in a way that minimises disruption to road users.”
The council’s executive voted on Tuesday last week to carry out a consultation with key stakeholders, utility companies and council contractors over the proposal.