A new scheme in East Sussex is hoping to cut down the amount of time drivers are disrupted by roadworks. The council is planning to introduce a permit scheme to limit time spent digging up the road.
A27 Crossbush, West Sussex: Embankment repairs
One lane has been closed on the northbound A284 at Crossbush and a temporary safety barrier installed while repairs to the embankment are planned and carried out.
27 Polegate, East Sussex: Tree removal
Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place between the Cophall roundabout and the A2270 junction overnight, between 8pm and 6am, for three nights from Monday 11 November.
A27 Patcham to Lewes, East Sussex: resurfacing
The westbound carriageway will be closed between Southerham to Falmer for two nights from Monday 11 November.
M2 Junction 5 to 6, Erriotwood, Kent: Resurfacing work
The coastbound carriageway will be closed for three nights from Monday 11 November and the Londonbound carriageway closed for two nights from Thursday 14 November. The closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am.
M20 junction 11 Kent: safety work
Slip road, lane closures and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on the Londonbound carriageway overnight, between 8pm and 6am, for five nights from Wednesday 13 November.
A21 Seddlescombe to Hastings, Sussex:
Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 6am, up to and including Friday 15 November. Road users will be escorted past the work site at 10mph.
Road works will start on the Ham Barn roundabout near Liss in Hampshire tomorrow.
The roundabout is the only one between London and Portsmouth, providing access to and from the A3 and the B3006.
But the work is being carried out as part of the government's £317 million pinch point programme, designed to stimulate growth in local economies, reduce congestion and improve safety.
The work will begin tomorrow and is expected to be completed in mid February 2014.
With the summer resurfacing programme for Reading's main roads almost complete, attention is being paid to the town's residential and smaller roads. Work is due to get underway on Thursday - it will last for three weeks.
A spokesman for utility contractors who face paying for road works that cause congestion on during busy times on peak routes has said he's not convinced the scheme is needed.
But the National Joint Utilities Group Ltd (NJUG) said it wanted to place on record its appreciation for the inclusive and collaborative way in which Kent County Council consulted with it and its members in the development of its lane rental scheme. It added:
– Mark Ostheimer, Operations Director of the National Joint Utilities Group
Whilst NJUG is yet to be convinced that lane rental will deliver substantial additional benefits over and above the existing legislation already available, we believe that Kent County Council’s approach takes a sophisticated look at using lane rental in a very targeted way, balancing the need to reduce the unfortunate disruption which sometime arises from both utility and authority essential street works, with the need to invest in essential utility services and the road network, and not unnecessarily increasing consumers’ and ratepayers bills. ”
He said they looked forward to continuing to work with the council on the plan.
A12-week trial began in March after the scheme was given the green light by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin. Companies began incurring fines from 28th May 2013.
Plans to charge utility contractors for the disruption they cause digging up roads have won the support of Transport Minister Norman Baker MP, who said he would be watching how effective they were, ahead of a possible national rollout.
Under the plans, which cover more than 465 roads in Kent, utility companies will be charged a daily rate for the inconvenience caused by road works on popular routes at busy times.
Money paid into the scheme will be invested in further work to cut congestion in Kent.
– Norman Baker MP, Transport Minister
I am pleased that Kent’s pioneering lane rental scheme is now active. It provides a strong incentive to those carrying out road works on the busiest networks to make sure they complete improvements or repairs on time. This will help minimise disruption and congestion, but also provide a better service to drivers, cyclists and passengers. I look forward to seeing the results of the Kent and Transport for London schemes in due course, which will help me decide on the future rollout of lane rental at a national level."
Kent County Council said it was committed to keeping traffic moving, but it was difficult when companies scheduled road works on heavily-used roads during rush hour.
– David Brazier, Kent County Council
The Kent Lane Rental Scheme forced companies to really think about the scale and duration of works on our key routes, or face a sizeable charge for the disruption they cause for Kent’s travelling public It is the perfect way to keep our network of roads as clear as possible and get drivers to where they need to be as quickly as possible; a truly remarkable scheme."
A scheme aimed at cutting congestion on Kent's busiest roads by charging companies lane rental while they carry out roadworks is now up and running.
The county council has set up the new Kent Lane Rental Scheme. Companies will now be charged up to £2,000 per day for the inconvenience caused by digging up the busiest roads on the network at peak time.
Kent is the first county council in the country to run the scheme, which is designed to get contractors to work on the roads during the night and at off-peak times, or to use techniques such as tunnelling more often to avoid closing roads.
Diversions will be in place from later today as road improvements begin on the A34 at Chieveley.
The work is expected to continue for a week. The slip road from the M4 at junction thirteen will be closed from 10pm tonight until 6am.
M25 junction 17
The anti-clockwise exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight between 10pm and 5am on Wednesday 6 February for litter clearance. Drivers will be directed to follow a diversion route via the M40 junction 1 for the exit slip road and via junction 18 for the entry slip road.