Permit needed for roadworks permission
Politics / Mon 28th Jul 2014 am31 10:35am
PERMISSION to carry out streetworks and roadworks in Harlow will be required in advance, if an application to the Department for Transport (DfT) for a permit scheme is successful.
The scheme would make it easier for the County Council to coordinate streetworks and roadworks, and to provide information to the public. In addition, works crews would be required to display a board to explain why the work is being undertaken.
County Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I welcome the application being made as the permit scheme would lead to more reliable journey times, minimising delays and disruption. It would also increase safety for those using the roads by minimising the exposure to streetworks and roadworks through reducing the durations of works.”
Essex County Council would charge for the issue of permits; all revenue generated would then be used to offset the costs of the service so it is cost neutral.
The Council would apply permits to 100 per cent of the network.
A draft application to the DfT proposes to introduce the scheme in late March 2015.