One million holes in London roads 2

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3383
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you think that a scheme which excludes 15 of Londons Councils from roads works co-ordination arrangements can be effective?

Answer

Answer for One million holes in London roads 2

Answer for One million holes in London roads 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The introduction of a common permit scheme is a significant step forward in the fight to reduce street works disruption. It will provide TfL and the 18 boroughs currently involved with greater ability to better manage, plan and coordinate the streetworks taking place on their networks and will allow them to apply conditions to a permit to seek to minimise the disruption caused by these works. The 15 boroughs that did not apply to the DfT to operate a permit scheme in the first tranche of applications are not excluded from scheme. It is for them to decide if and when they would wish to make an application and I would obviously encourage them to do so to ensure the benefits of the scheme are delivered pan-London.

A meeting was held at the end of October, to which all 15 non-participating Boroughs were invited to be briefed on the benefits of permits and the process to make an application. TfL has offered to provide support to any of the remaining boroughs wishing to apply.

Better works coordination, however, is only half of the story. If we are to make a real impact on the misery caused by road and streetworks disruption and felt by Londoners on a daily basis, I believe we must also look to provide real financial incentives for works promoters to reduce the duration of works on key traffic sensitive parts of the network, especially at peak times. This is why I am working closely with the Secretary of State for Transport to understand how we might jointly do more still in this area.