Charging utilities for roadworks ‘could increase consumer bills’

Allowing local authorities in England to charge utility firms by the hour to carry out roadworks on selected routes could increase consumer bills. That’s the view of Street Works UK, the trade body for utilities and their contractor partners on road work issues, which is warning against the government proposals. It argues lane rental schemes […]

Utility firms could face hourly charge for roadworks

Local authorities in England could be allowed to charge utility companies by the hour to carry out roadworks on selected routes. New government proposals aim to halve the delays motorists face caused by utility firms digging up busy roads. According to the Department for Transport, the 2.5 million roadworks currently carried out each year cost […]

Digging deep to improve our streets

Transport Minister Norman Baker has today launched an industry-led charter to improve the safety of street works. The Safe Dig Charter was launched with the utilities sectors and contractors to ensure the highest standards of safety and best practice when digging up our streets. It’s aim is to cut down on the number of power […]