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Permit Scheme For North Yorkshire Roadworks Comes Into Effect

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:00am 7th February 2018. (Updated at 6:06am 7th February 2018)

Organisations will have to get a permit to carry out roadworks in North Yorkshire from today (Wednesday 7 February.)

The scheme is designed to reduce congestion and improve traffic management. Previously, utilities companies such as electricity, water, gas and telecoms had only to notify North Yorkshire County Council of intended work.

The council could provide direction and apply penalties if a company breached the notice, but had limited control over when work was done.

Under the permit scheme, all scheduled work must be granted a permit and the County Council has greater ability to ensure that work in the same area does not clash and that, where possible, jobs avoid peak times of day and busy times of year.

It can impose conditions, such as the rapid removal of equipment and signs after work is completed, and impose penalties for breaching conditions or working without a permit.

Companies will pay for a permit and discounts will give them an incentive to work outside peak times and to co-operate with other utilities that need to work in the same area.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said:

“Our main objective with this scheme is to cut congestion and to reduce delays for the travelling public.

We recognise that utility companies need to have access to their equipment under the highway in order to maintain supplies to their customers.

On the other hand, highways work can cause delays and inconvenience to the public and to businesses.

The permit scheme will increase the ability of the County Council to manage and co-ordinate those activities to the benefit of all road users.”

 

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