A permit scheme could be introduced by North Lincolnshire Council for road works by all essential services to improve congestion, carbon footprint and air quality.
A permit scheme would bring about many benefits as road works would be more controlled, says the Council. The main objective of a permit scheme is to reduce disruption, but utility companies should also benefit from reductions in the overall duration of works.
The road network is occasionally disrupted to repair and renew essential services such as water, gas, electricity and telecommunications. The council also needs to routinely undertake maintenance work.
The scheme means services have to apply to the council for a permit to carry out road works. Currently services only have to inform the council of work taking place rather than apply for consent. With permits the council claims it could better manage and influence disruption to the highway network, and in turn the public and businesses.
Permit schemes in other areas have been successful and can improve carbon emissions and local air quality.
Changes to regulations mean that the council can now implement a permit system itself rather than having to apply to the Department of Transport to put the scheme in place.
Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhood, said: “The permit system would greatly help with controlling the road works that take place across North Lincolnshire to ensure that minimum disruption is caused.
“However, before a decision is made we are going to carry out further detailed work to assess the benefits of introducing the scheme.
“It is essential we carry out a full consultation before any final decisions are made to ensure it is the best option.”