HC Deb 21 May 2002 vol 386 cc211-2W
36. Mr. Beard

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to regulate road works on major roads. [55565]

Ms Keeble

We are introducing a range of regulatory measures to deal with disruption to road users caused by works on the street. In particular, last April we introduced powers allowing highway authorities to levy charges on utility works which are not completed to deadline. We are also piloting powers allowing authorities to levy "lane rental" on utilities for the whole duration of their works.

As to maintenance work carried out on trunk roads, the Highways Agency aims to keep to a minimum disruption caused by such works; for example, wherever possible routine maintenance is undertaken outside peak hours.