Congratulations to Urban Vision’s Street Works team supported by the North Tyneside partnership, a joint venture between Capita and North Tyneside Council, for their successful bid to support 11 North East local authorities with the implementation of their permit schemes.
The bid followed the implementation of successful permit schemes for Salford, Blackburn, Peterborough and North Tyneside Council over the last few years and will be worth over £200,000.
Works undertaken on the highway is one of the causal factors of delay and congestion for road users, resulting in significant costs to the economy and society. To take on this challenge the government is promoting the introduction of permit schemes which provides the authority with the ability to proactively manage all works as a way to reduce and control the associated disruption.
This increased control is achieved by requiring all promoters to seek permission before undertaking works and for those works to comply with conditions which are agreed prior to works start.
Street Works Manager Robbie Redpath from North Tyneside will be leading the training sessions required to support schemes at the following Councils:
Redcar and Cleveland, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council, Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Middlesbrough Borough Council.
The implementation of the schemes have demonstrated success in respect of the following;
- Improved engagement with all promoters
- Increased registration of the Highway Authority’s own works
- Reduced days of occupancy
- Average duration of works have shown a trend downwards
- Reduced noise impact on residents by having greater control of timing of activities
- Reducing instances of customer complaints regarding road and street activities
Other positive observed changes since the introduction of the schemes has been accuracy of information supplied by works promoters, with more accurate dates, plotting of works and traffic management information now being available to coordinators and road users though the public facing website
All of the above continues to ensure that a permit scheme is a vital platform to support an authority in fulfilling its Network Management Duty and supporting economic development in the coming years.