Earlier this year Cambridgeshire County Council consulted with utility companies and other stakeholders on the proposal to introduce a permit scheme and, from 3 October, anyone carrying out road and street works will need a permit before they can start.
Whilst roadworks are vital to improve the highway or install and maintain utility supplies, delays caused by them can create congestion and increase frustration for those trying to go about their daily lives.
The permit scheme allows the County Council to place conditions on those that need to carry out works on the highway including what hours they can work, how many days their works can take and what traffic management they can use. The Council can issue fines for any breaches of these conditions and it is a criminal offence to work without a permit.
The benefits of the scheme, which is used by other authorities, should see an overall reduction in congestion and delay caused by road works and street works, minimising inconvenience to residents and businesses.
Currently, Cambridgeshire has around 20,000 utility works a year on the County's roads and highway and the permit scheme will give the County Council better ability to co-ordinate works and get different companies working together.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Chairman of the Highways and Infrastructure Committee, said: "Roadworks are important to fix the highway or repair and improve services that are underneath the road. However, there is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in roadworks that are causing unnecessary delays. It can create delays, congestion and harms the local economy. While it is vital that roadworks continue to happen this new permit scheme will mean they are better planned and we can take real action if companies don't do it right."
People and businesses can find out more at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/permitscheme
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