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|Title:||Permit Scheme Cuts Road Works Woes By A Third|
|ID & Publication:||20140411009 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
The duration of road works on major routes across the borough has reduced by around a third in the past year thanks to a successful Doncaster Council scheme.
The Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme For Road Works and Street Works was introduced in June 2012, following a change in the law which allowed councils to charge utility companies for permission to undertake works. The scheme covers 400 of the borough’s busiest roads. Since then the total duration of works has reduced from 12,777 days in 2011-12 to 8,196 days in 2012-13. The average duration of road works has reduced from 6.5 days in 2011-12 to 5 days in 2012-13.
Director of Regeneration and Environment, Peter Dale, said: ‘Road works cause a headache for drivers and businesses which is why we introduced this scheme. We can’t prevent them from happening, but having a permit scheme encourages companies to plan their works better. The council doesn’t make a profit from this, the charges simply pay for the system. Jobs and growth are top priorities for Doncaster Council and I am pleased with the success of this scheme which is helping keep Doncaster moving.’
The cost of permits are as follows:
Major works - £211
Standard works - £109
Minor works - £64
Urgent/Emergency works - £59
There are around 6,500 roads across Doncaster in total.
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