Firms could be fined over roadworks delays

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Firms could be fined over roadworks delays Firms could be fined over roadworks delays

Utilities firms could be fined for letting roadworks drag on, under tough new rules being considered by Bradford Council.

If the congestion-busting scheme goes ahead, anyone wanting to carry out roadworks in certain streets would have to buy a permit from Bradford Council.

The permits would allow contractors to work on a street for a limited amount of time, which would have to be booked in advance. Fines could then be imposed if the work over-ran.

The Yorkshire-wide scheme has been developed by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Water.

Leeds and Kirklees councils have already taken it on, and are reporting a reduction in road delays as a result.

If adopted in Bradford, the Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme would only apply to key routes where roadworks are judged to cause significant delays on the wider highway network.

The Council currently expects that about a quarter of the district’s roads would meet this Department for Transport criteria and could be included in the scheme.

Bradford Council would be consulting utility companies and transport organisations about which roads should be included in the scheme.

Highways experts estimate that the move could prevent motorists from suffering more than 43,621 hours of delayed journeys.

It is also expected to reduce emissions caused by vehicles in queues, and save £492,000 being lost to the economy because people can’t get to work.

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for highways, said: “There is nothing more annoying than getting caught in traffic queues because someone has dug a hole in the road, but there is no sign of any actual work taking place. Sometimes this can go on for a matter of days or weeks without any progress.

“The permit system will give us greater control over utility companies and better co-ordination of their activities with our own highway work to minimise disruption and congestion.”

If the executive, which meets at City Hall today, endorses the scheme, a consultation would begin before an application is made to the Government.

If it gets the go-ahead, the Bradford permit scheme could be up and running by next summer.

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3:25pm Mon 2 Dec 13

cityofdreams says...

good job westfield dont to roads !!!
good job westfield dont to roads !!! cityofdreams

3:30pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Irony in fines for delayed work when the council has overseen the debarcle of Westfield.
Irony in fines for delayed work when the council has overseen the debarcle of Westfield. Thee Voice of Reason

3:50pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for highways, said: “There is nothing more annoying because someone has dug a hole, but there is no sign of any actual work taking place."

Fixed re Westfield shopping Center.
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for highways, said: “There is nothing more annoying because someone has dug a hole, but there is no sign of any actual work taking place." Fixed re Westfield shopping Center. Thee Voice of Reason

3:56pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Bacon Bantam says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for highways, said: “There is nothing more annoying because someone has dug a hole, but there is no sign of any actual work taking place." Fixed re Westfield shopping Center.
Haha, thought this was actually about Westfield Shopping Center.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for highways, said: “There is nothing more annoying because someone has dug a hole, but there is no sign of any actual work taking place." Fixed re Westfield shopping Center.[/p][/quote]Haha, thought this was actually about Westfield Shopping Center. Bacon Bantam

4:26pm Mon 2 Dec 13

mad matt says...

There was a similar scheme many years ago where the utility companies had to work together and consult each other whenever roadworks were planned. The idea was that they could do all the work at the same time and then the road could be resurfaced when all the utilities had finished.
There was also a time limit agreed before the work started.
Why this was ever allowed to lapse is beyond me.
Let's hope that the various councils have enough 'teeth' and USE their teeth to reduce the chaos caused by over-running roadworks.
There was a similar scheme many years ago where the utility companies had to work together and consult each other whenever roadworks were planned. The idea was that they could do all the work at the same time and then the road could be resurfaced when all the utilities had finished. There was also a time limit agreed before the work started. Why this was ever allowed to lapse is beyond me. Let's hope that the various councils have enough 'teeth' and USE their teeth to reduce the chaos caused by over-running roadworks. mad matt

4:36pm Mon 2 Dec 13

PeterBooth says...

Good idea, but why does everything always have to take so long and be so long winded. A traffic calming scheme local to me took two days to actually install but the admin/consultations/
meetings to decide when to have the next meeting etc at the Council took 5 months.
Good idea, but why does everything always have to take so long and be so long winded. A traffic calming scheme local to me took two days to actually install but the admin/consultations/ meetings to decide when to have the next meeting etc at the Council took 5 months. PeterBooth

5:29pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for highways should drive up and down Kings road a Swain House Road between Five Lane Ends Roundabout and Traffic Lights with junction with Queens Road and see the half done resurfacing done recently.
Was this her Councils work?
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for highways should drive up and down Kings road a Swain House Road between Five Lane Ends Roundabout and Traffic Lights with junction with Queens Road and see the half done resurfacing done recently. Was this her Councils work? Joedavid

6:05pm Mon 2 Dec 13

justjustice says...

Bring in the typical contractors' BS; work that previously took 2 weeks all of a sudden will not take 4 weeks to complete. Same work but now for some odd reason after this passes the time required doubles!

This is typical contractor work, whenever they hear council contract, they inflate their prices and labor times! It's fraud and theft, yet no government of council can be bothered to look into it!
But benefit fraud, they are all over that one, and still doing a lousy job at it!
Bring in the typical contractors' BS; work that previously took 2 weeks all of a sudden will not take 4 weeks to complete. Same work but now for some odd reason after this passes the time required doubles! This is typical contractor work, whenever they hear council contract, they inflate their prices and labor times! It's fraud and theft, yet no government of council can be bothered to look into it! But benefit fraud, they are all over that one, and still doing a lousy job at it! justjustice

6:15pm Mon 2 Dec 13

steve10 says...

Charge the utility firms and they just pass the cost on to the end users !! THE BILL PAYERS !!

What about the government schemes like the M62 road works that lasted for ever and a day ?
Charge the utility firms and they just pass the cost on to the end users !! THE BILL PAYERS !! What about the government schemes like the M62 road works that lasted for ever and a day ? steve10

6:55pm Mon 2 Dec 13

collos25 says...

Does not this sanction already exist trumpeted by this very council some years ago as a great cost saver and of course true to man it never happened .Headlines and photo shoots is about all this council can manage and yes Kings Road resurfacing is an absolute disgrace but its only tax payers money so its all right if a few thousand are wasted.
Does not this sanction already exist trumpeted by this very council some years ago as a great cost saver and of course true to man it never happened .Headlines and photo shoots is about all this council can manage and yes Kings Road resurfacing is an absolute disgrace but its only tax payers money so its all right if a few thousand are wasted. collos25

8:56pm Mon 2 Dec 13

freespeech says...

They should also be fined for their reinstatement work, if they are not up to standard, cause pot holes and cause more repairs, the initial contractors should be brought to task, I'm fed up of seeing poor repairs, other county councils fine the companies for poor work, and have done for years!
They should also be fined for their reinstatement work, if they are not up to standard, cause pot holes and cause more repairs, the initial contractors should be brought to task, I'm fed up of seeing poor repairs, other county councils fine the companies for poor work, and have done for years! freespeech

3:13am Tue 3 Dec 13

Raj2121 says...

Its a good idea, what if they stop doing work for bradford?????
Its a good idea, what if they stop doing work for bradford????? Raj2121

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