From February, North Tyneside Council will operate a permit scheme for the management of activities on the public highway – giving it greater control over roadworks.
There are over 4,000 utility works on the borough’s roads each year and, currently, companies only need to inform the council of their intention to carry out works.
In future, they will need to book time on the network by obtaining a permit in advance. The same rules will apply to the council, as well as partners and agents acting on its behalf.
The council can choose to grant the permit, decline the request, or apply a range of conditions ranging from limiting the amount of road space used to the times the work must take place.
This will give the local authority greater control and co-ordination of highway activities, minimising unnecessary delays.
Councillor Frank Lott, cabinet member for Economic Development, said: “We know that unnecessary delays can be a real cause of frustration for motorists and people using public transport.
“An effective highway network is also a key driver of economic growth, as it connects businesses with their employees, suppliers and customers. This scheme will give us greater control of our roads and will enable us to minimise disruption."
Permit schemes were introduced by the government under Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.
Last year, on behalf of the council, Capita successfully applied to the Department for Transport for the introduction of the scheme in North Tyneside and will run the scheme in the borough.
The permit fee ranges from £30 to £148, depending on the scale of works and whether the roads are deemed as strategic routes or traffic sensitive.
The A19 is excluded from the scheme, as it is the responsibility of the Highways Agency.
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