Road schemes are blocked by council

Roadworks in North Tyneside.
Roadworks in North Tyneside.

More than 1,000 proposals for disruptive roadworks in North Tyneside have been stopped or changed.

Officials at North Tyneside Council say the initiatives were part of the first year of a scheme to help reduce congestion and control what happens in the borough’s highways.

In February 2015, the council was the first local authority in the region to operate a permit system for the management of activities on the public highway.

The scheme – run for the council by its partner Capita – seeks to provide greater control and co-ordination of highway activities, minimising unnecessary delays.

Organisations, such as telecoms providers and utility companies, are now required to obtain a permit in advance if they want to dig up a road; introduce temporary traffic signals; do work at a traffic sensitive time in a traffic sensitive area; or carry out works that require a road closure, traffic regulation order or suspension of a pedestrian crossing.

In the first 12 months of the scheme, 1,130 out of 11,759 permit requests were either refused or modified.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for transport, said: “The huge investment that’s currently underway in our road network will reduce congestion now and for the future.

“But it’s also important that we co-ordinate the many organisations that on a daily basis need to work on our roads. I’m pleased that our team is making good use of its powers to minimise disruption to road users.”