Lincolnshire County Council proposes new measures for roadworks

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A new way of managing all works on Lincolnshire’s roads should help keep traffic flowing more smoothly.

Under the proposed new rules, nearly everyone wanting to carry out works on the highways, including utility companies and the council’s own contractors, will need to apply for a permit to do so. About 80 per cent of the works carried out are by utility firms.

This permit scheme will allow Lincolnshire County Council to impose conditions around the types of traffic management systems used and the timing and duration of the works.

Companies will also need to provide clearer and more detailed roadside signage, giving people more information about what’s happening.

The council has been trialling the scheme since March with some of its own works, as well as consulting companies, neighbouring local authorities, district and parish councils and those affected by utilities works.

Executive member for highways Richard Davies (Con) said: “This new approach will give us more control over the timing and duration of all works, helping us minimise any disruption. We could even penalise them for any unnecessary inconvenience they might cause. That should mean better co-ordination and that things are completed on time and to a good standard, keeping the roads open and the traffic flowing as much as possible.”

A decision will be taken in September and will start in October if approved.