Roadworks permit scheme to be introduced

Roadworks permit scheme to be introduced

Roadworks permit scheme to be introduced

First published in News

A ROADWORKS permit scheme could soon be introduced to reduce disruption.

Brighton and Hove City Council hopes the scheme will give it more control over management of works in the city.

Under the scheme operators would have to book time on the highway through a permit.

Currently they only have to give the council notice of their intention to carry out roadworks, which limits council control of how and when they take place.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “Roadworks are necessary but they do affect communities through congestion, delay and environmental impact.

“The proposed permit scheme will help us manage roadworks in a more co-ordinated way.

“It will ease disruption by better planning for when works take place and more control while work is going on.”

Similar schemes operate in London and Kent. Councillors decide tomorrow whether to go ahead with the idea.

If it gets Goverment approval the scheme could come into operation next year. Permits fees will cover running costs.

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2:57pm Mon 30 Jun 14

fredaj says...

Wouldn't it just be easier to fit some of these road with zip fasteners?
Wouldn't it just be easier to fit some of these road with zip fasteners? fredaj
  • Score: 8

3:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Jetsamandflotsam says...

But the councils own road repair schemes are an utter shambles.
They are designed to cause maximum delays and congestion.
How can they be expected to monitor others any better.
Look at the works along Edward street,road closed on one side with all side roads unnecessarily closed off and the pace of work is going at a slow snails pace. You are most lucky to catch anybody actually working.
Or take a look at the seafront hole where the road is half closed. No action there at all.
But the councils own road repair schemes are an utter shambles. They are designed to cause maximum delays and congestion. How can they be expected to monitor others any better. Look at the works along Edward street,road closed on one side with all side roads unnecessarily closed off and the pace of work is going at a slow snails pace. You are most lucky to catch anybody actually working. Or take a look at the seafront hole where the road is half closed. No action there at all. Jetsamandflotsam
  • Score: 10

3:10pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Phani Tikkala says...

Jetsamandflotsam wrote:
But the councils own road repair schemes are an utter shambles.
They are designed to cause maximum delays and congestion.
How can they be expected to monitor others any better.
Look at the works along Edward street,road closed on one side with all side roads unnecessarily closed off and the pace of work is going at a slow snails pace. You are most lucky to catch anybody actually working.
Or take a look at the seafront hole where the road is half closed. No action there at all.
…and look at the enormous amount of tax payers' cash the green idiots wasted on the Lewes Road bus lane farce - and they didn't even bother to resurface the road or fix the numerous potholes/cracks etc.!!
[quote][p][bold]Jetsamandflotsam[/bold] wrote: But the councils own road repair schemes are an utter shambles. They are designed to cause maximum delays and congestion. How can they be expected to monitor others any better. Look at the works along Edward street,road closed on one side with all side roads unnecessarily closed off and the pace of work is going at a slow snails pace. You are most lucky to catch anybody actually working. Or take a look at the seafront hole where the road is half closed. No action there at all.[/p][/quote]…and look at the enormous amount of tax payers' cash the green idiots wasted on the Lewes Road bus lane farce - and they didn't even bother to resurface the road or fix the numerous potholes/cracks etc.!! Phani Tikkala
  • Score: 7

3:46pm Mon 30 Jun 14

kopite_rob says...

Does this also mean there will be a sign off from a Council inspector at the end of each job.
Too many of these holes are filled in poorly leaving them prone to expansion gap wear and degradation, slumping or poor surface repair. Usually all of the above.
It's bad enough enough in the car and the van. I've replaced several springs, struts and wheels in the last few years.
On the bike it's even worse, moving over to avoid being thrown by one, without getting hit by a car not giving the correct overtaking space.
Does this also mean there will be a sign off from a Council inspector at the end of each job. Too many of these holes are filled in poorly leaving them prone to expansion gap wear and degradation, slumping or poor surface repair. Usually all of the above. It's bad enough enough in the car and the van. I've replaced several springs, struts and wheels in the last few years. On the bike it's even worse, moving over to avoid being thrown by one, without getting hit by a car not giving the correct overtaking space. kopite_rob
  • Score: 6

4:16pm Mon 30 Jun 14

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

If councilor Duncan is the Queens Park mouthpiece he could start by getting the utilities who keep digging holes on his patch to make good Egremont Place and Queens Park road sorted out these are worse than cart tracks.
If councilor Duncan is the Queens Park mouthpiece he could start by getting the utilities who keep digging holes on his patch to make good Egremont Place and Queens Park road sorted out these are worse than cart tracks. PETE OF QUEENS PARK
  • Score: 4

4:59pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Bugzy84 says...

This system still does not solve the ongoing problem of new utilities/services maintenance verse traffic and congestion, it just repeats the process over and over again, old solutions will not fix new problems of increased road users etc.
If all the utilities were placed in easy accessible trenches or conduits of some sort then the disruption of having to dig up roads for weeks would never be a problem again, save thousands of tax payers money and relieve road work congestion to a minimal.
This system still does not solve the ongoing problem of new utilities/services maintenance verse traffic and congestion, it just repeats the process over and over again, old solutions will not fix new problems of increased road users etc. If all the utilities were placed in easy accessible trenches or conduits of some sort then the disruption of having to dig up roads for weeks would never be a problem again, save thousands of tax payers money and relieve road work congestion to a minimal. Bugzy84
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

The obviously foreseeable consequence is that the cost of permits and administrating the scheme will be passed on to customers by increased utility bills.

Since most of the works by utility companies are urgent repairs, there will be little impact on where and when they carry out works except for the major planned renewals.

The council really need to get their own house in order first, since the most disruptive road works ever in the city have been their vanity schemes to narrow and congest the main roads. Just remember the Old Shoreham Road being unnecessarily closed for nearly a year, for the almost unused cycle lanes, while we have had many miles of gas mains replaced with only relatively minor short term disruptions.
The obviously foreseeable consequence is that the cost of permits and administrating the scheme will be passed on to customers by increased utility bills. Since most of the works by utility companies are urgent repairs, there will be little impact on where and when they carry out works except for the major planned renewals. The council really need to get their own house in order first, since the most disruptive road works ever in the city have been their vanity schemes to narrow and congest the main roads. Just remember the Old Shoreham Road being unnecessarily closed for nearly a year, for the almost unused cycle lanes, while we have had many miles of gas mains replaced with only relatively minor short term disruptions. Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 4

8:12pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Sussex jim says...

Bugzy84 wrote:
This system still does not solve the ongoing problem of new utilities/services maintenance verse traffic and congestion, it just repeats the process over and over again, old solutions will not fix new problems of increased road users etc.
If all the utilities were placed in easy accessible trenches or conduits of some sort then the disruption of having to dig up roads for weeks would never be a problem again, save thousands of tax payers money and relieve road work congestion to a minimal.
I was about to make the same comment. It seems daft to put services under the roads where they get a pounding from traffic.
All sevices should be under the pavements; or in rural /suburban roads under the grass verge.
[quote][p][bold]Bugzy84[/bold] wrote: This system still does not solve the ongoing problem of new utilities/services maintenance verse traffic and congestion, it just repeats the process over and over again, old solutions will not fix new problems of increased road users etc. If all the utilities were placed in easy accessible trenches or conduits of some sort then the disruption of having to dig up roads for weeks would never be a problem again, save thousands of tax payers money and relieve road work congestion to a minimal.[/p][/quote]I was about to make the same comment. It seems daft to put services under the roads where they get a pounding from traffic. All sevices should be under the pavements; or in rural /suburban roads under the grass verge. Sussex jim
  • Score: 2

12:00am Tue 1 Jul 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

After many years they appear to have stumbled upon a solution that hasn't worked at all well for many years? Seriously?
After many years they appear to have stumbled upon a solution that hasn't worked at all well for many years? Seriously? From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 1

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