Road schemes are blocked by council

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

Sunday, 24th July 2016, 11:00 am
Roadworks in North Tyneside.

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.”