Change to permit scheme will reduce road work disruption
A scheme to
minimise the disruption caused by road works is being introduced by Wakefield
The new scheme
will allow the Council to manage and co-ordinate all road works taking place
across the district. Currently, utility companies only need to obtain a permit from the Council when
undertaking works on the busiest 30 per cent of roads in the district. Under
the new scheme, all companies will have to seek permission to undertake
roadworks on any road in the district.
co-ordination and management of road works will reduce congestion, act to
reduce CO2 emissions and help to keep the district moving.
In granting a
permit to work, the Council is also required to manage the performance of the
works and their contractors –
meaning that if roads have not been replaced in good enough condition, the Council
can insist that further repairs be carried out and for significant fines to be
Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “We
know that road works across the district cause delays and disruption to road
users but by having the power to co-ordinate
these works, we can minimise that disruption greatly.
“It also gives
us the power to ensure that
works are completed to a high standard. Even if works are unplanned, such as a
gas leak, then the Council can make sure that it is fixed quickly and the road
replaced to a high standard.
“An effective highway network supports our economy,
connects businesses and makes Wakefield a better place to live and visit. If
part of that also helps to improve air quality, that’s an added bonus for the
The Council are
working with local authorities in Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Sheffield to
implement the scheme, which will also give greater control over cross-boundary
The Council will employ more staff to manage, coordinate and enforce the new permit scheme with the additional costs being met from
The scheme will
come into effect on 4 March 2020.