Lane Rental Scheme to Extend Nationally
4 September 2017
Delays to motorists caused by utility companies digging up busy roads could be halved under new proposals announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
The proposals would allow local authorities to charge utility companies by the hour to carry out works on selected routes, encouraging them to avoid busy roads and peak times, and incentivising them to join together when they do need to dig up congested routes.
Successful trials in London and Kent have already seen severe congestion caused by utility works fall by more than half.
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