The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the recent Government announcement of a new package of measures for local authorities to reduce congestion and disruption caused by roadworks. These new powers will undoubtedly enable local authorities to reduce the impact of roadworks, for the benefit of all road users, by introducing a system to improve the co-ordination of roadworks by utility companies so that they are undertaking their respective improvements at the same time and in the same location rather than at different times. But FTA says there is much more that local authorities can do in respect of reducing congestion and disruption, especially for industry.
Stephen Kelly, FTA's Head of Urban Access Policy said, 'All road users detest the sight of roadworks, which lead to increased journey times and driver frustration. Indeed there is nothing more frustrating than seeing the same stretch of road being dug up at different times and by different companies. We all recognise that beneath our road network is a different type of infrastructure which needs constant maintenance and that companies like gas or water suppliers need to carry out repairs and improvements where necessary and appropriate. The new powers given to local authorities will ensure that such works are co-ordinated more efficiently and effectively, for the benefit of all road users.
'In addition FTA has developed guidance for commercial vehicles to undertake more night-time deliveries and is keen to work with local authorities on setting up pilot trials to demonstrate the positive impacts that could be achieved. Industry has made great strides in improving its environmental performance – all we want is a chance to demonstrate this by working more in partnership with local authorities.'