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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Street works regime to clamp down on pothole pain

Last year, regulations were be implemented to hold utility companies accountable for repairing roads to a high standard after street works. This move aims to prevent the development of potholes and improve journeys for people across the country.

The government's investment of over £5.5 billion in highways maintenance will benefit motorists by reducing the need for costly vehicle repairs caused by road damage. Additionally, cyclists and motorbike riders will experience safer and more secure journeys.

The old inspection system, which examined only 30% of utility companies' street works, will be replaced by a performance-based regime. This means that companies will be assessed on the quality of their road repairs, with the best performers facing fewer inspections and the worst performers facing more inspections.

Consequently, companies that leave roads in poor condition could face 100% inspection rates, resulting in financial charges of £50 per defect inspection and £120 for follow-up inspections. The reforms will also facilitate nationwide broadband rollout and alleviate congestion by requiring telecoms operators to provide better live updates on roadworks for drivers to plan their routes efficiently.

The measures target underperforming telecom companies, responsible for nearly 13% of subpar street repairs. These companies will face increased scrutiny until they can effectively improve road conditions.

The government's investment of over £5.5 billion from 2020 to 2025 in highways maintenance, including the Potholes Fund and an additional £200 million, allows local authorities to adequately manage and improve roads across the country. To aid in planning and reduce congestion, utility companies and local authorities will now be required to provide accurate and up-to-date data on live works, including weekends, to the Department for Transport's street manager service. This information will be used to update navigation systems and apps, enabling motorists to avoid areas with ongoing street works.

Additionally, plans aim to accelerate broadband rollout by removing restrictions on works for new customer connections. This will enable faster completion of works while ensuring they meet the required standards for reinstatements.

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