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Government Crackdown on Unmanned Roadworks

Posted in General News on Monday, June 13th, 2016

According to new legislation all utility workers working on A-roads must be on site seven days a week or the roadworks must be removed on Friday evenings. Any temporary traffic lights must also be taken down as soon as the work is completed.

If utility firms and councils do not abide by these laws they will be fined. The extent of these fines are yet to be confirmed, however the Department for Transport (DfT) has previously said that “ghost” roadwork sites could receive fines of up to £5,000 per day. There is a bit of breathing space with these rules though as roadwork sites can be left vacant for up to two hours without the firms or councils being fined. The proposals also state that any job expected to take five days or less should only be undertaken during the working week. In the past campaigners have consistently made the point that unneeded contraflow measures place a huge strain on the economy.  

Steve Goodling, Director of the RAC Foundation, commented: “Many of us are now required to work shifts and odd hours so it seems unreasonable for drivers to be caught in weekend disruption because workmen are on a Monday to Friday contract.”

Further government initiatives to reduce the congestion on our roads include; stopping highways chiefs from undertaking more than 10miles of roadworks at any one time, and when the roadworks are on major A-roads or motorways the government is also in favour of increasing the speed limit from 50 to 60mph.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association commented: “Councils know how frustrating it is for motorists to be delayed by roadworks and are doing everything they can to minimise disruption. However, roadworks are often carried out to address issues which make motorists’ journeys easier — like mending potholes, of which there is a substantial backlog to be repaired.”

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