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New powers to ban roadworks if they'll cause long delays

Thousands of planned roadworks in Surrey and East Sussex have been banned under a radical new scheme to keep the region's traffic on the move.

New £2,000 fines for utility firms' overrunning roadworks

ITV Meridian can reveal that thousands of roadworks planned for Surrey and East Sussex have been banned under a radical new scheme to keep the region's traffic on the move.

The Government has given the county councils special powers to issue permits allowing companies to dig up our roads, only when it is absolutely necessary. If the works overrun the firms will be fined up to two thousand pounds a day. **Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Councillor John Furey, Surrey County Council, Conservative; and Richard Linegar, Roadwork Enforcement Officer.

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