Council standing up against road disruption caused by utility companies
Up to 80% of disruptive roadworks in Gloucestershire are caused by utility companies and other contractors each year.
These companies require a licence from the council to work on the highway but in some cases the works overrun or the roads and pavements are left in an unsatisfactory state, disrupting and upsetting communities. The county council are ensuring that these companies are held to account for this behaviour and in the last year alone issued 310 charges against utilities for overrunning works.
New government reforms have introduced a performance-based inspection regime to ensure utility companies resurface roads to the best possible standard after street works. This will help to prevent thousands of potholes from developing in the future and ensure taxpayers' money isn’t spent on fixing problems caused by private companies.
Gloucestershire County Council will now step up their targeted inspections to monitor the lowest performing utility companies even more closely. Several Telecoms companies are already subject to council issued improvement plans. These changes will ensure that these companies will carry out faster and higher quality road repairs to improve the surface of roads and ease congestion.
Cllr Dom Morris, Cabinet Member for Highways and Flooding said: “For too long, the poor work carried out by utilities companies have been a blight on Gloucestershire’s roads. Delays and disruption have inconvenienced residents, businesses and been a burden on taxpayers when they need fixing again all too soon.
“We welcome the new regulations that will help us raise the standards of road repairs across the county. We will continue to monitor roadworks carried out by utility companies and issue fines when needed. To help in this effort, we urge the public to report roadworks that are causing concern online.”