Roadworks Permit Scheme (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The introduction of the Roadworks Permit Scheme will be welcomed by many Londoners who are frustrated by congestion caused by roadworks. Does TfL have an estimate as to how many separate roadworks will be reduced on an annual basis across London?


Answer for Roadworks Permit Scheme (1)

Answer for Roadworks Permit Scheme (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL cannot predict the exact reduction in the number of separate roadworks that could result from the introduction of the London Permit Scheme. However, in the cost benefit analysis submitted to the Department for Transport as part of its application to operate a permit scheme, TfL assumed a 10% reduction in disruption caused by streetworks on the TLRN as a result of the introduction of the permit scheme.

The purpose of the permit scheme is to allow permit authorities to plan better and coordinate the numerous works that need to be undertaken and will enable conditions to be applied to their implementation, thereby helping to reduce the amount of disruption caused to road users. The additional information required from works promoters under the permit scheme will help permit authorities to promote greater collaborative working practices and shared use of road closures by works undertakers to reduce the overall duration and impact of individual works. In addition, works promoters are required to pay for permits and this will help incentivise them to permanently reinstate their excavations on their first visit rather than applying and paying for a further permit to permanently reinstate the excavation at a later date.

Better works coordination, however, is only half of the story. If we are to make a real impact on the disruption 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 in this area. *