New permit scheme to control roadworks

A new scheme that will help control roadworks in the borough is now in operation.

North Tyneside Council has become the first local authority in the region to operate a permit system for the management of activities on the public highway.

Organisations who want to carry out work – such as digging up a road, introducing temporary traffic lights, work in a traffic-sensitive area, or work requiring a road closure – will need to book time on the road network by obtaining a permit in advance.

Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member for economic development, said: “Our new permit system will give us greater control and co-ordination of highway activities, minimising unnecessary delays for motorists and those using public transport.”

Organisations seeking to carry out major works, classed as 11 working days or more, will need to give three months notice. For standard works, lasting four to ten working days, ten working days notice is required while minor works, lasting up to three working days, three working days’ notice is needed.

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