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Bonus For Road Works That Don’t Cause Traffic Congestion

Published on: 13 Feb, 2021
Updated on: 14 Feb, 2021

Road works traffic congestion in Bridge Street, Guildford in 2018

A plan to reduce congestion on the county’s busiest roads is to start in April.

The lane rental scheme will offer a financial bonus to utility companies and county council highways teams who close a road or lane for repairs to work during off-peak hours or operate in other ways to lessen the impact on traffic.

In an average year, there are 42,000 works on Surrey’s 3,000 miles of roads. Charges will be applied for works which cause delay at peak times on the busiest routes which make up 7.5% of the road network.

Revenue from any charges will fund the scheme’s operational costs and any surplus funds will be re-invested in initiatives that further minimise disruption caused by roadworks, such as innovative engineering solutions and new materials to reinstate the highway more quickly.

Surrey is the first local authority to adopt the lane rental scheme after successful pioneer schemes in London and Kent which led to new government guidance encouraging uptake.

Transport minister Baroness Vere said: “Roadworks can cause major congestion, particularly at peak times. This scheme will incentivise companies to move roadworks outside peak hours, helping everyone to get on with their journeys”

Cllr Matt Furniss

Matt Furniss (Con, Shalford), SCC cabinet member for transport, said: “We’re always looking at ways to reduce congestion and keep Surrey moving.

“It is vital that organisations including our own, have access to maintain and improve our roads.

“We want this to continue at quieter times when disruption for residents can be minimised, or by using different methods to limit the impact of the works at busy times.”

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Responses to Bonus For Road Works That Don’t Cause Traffic Congestion

  1. Bibhas Neogi Reply

    February 13, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    It is good news for the motorists when roadworks are managed this way to reduce delays. However, work outside of normal daytime needs to comply with noise regulations in built-up areas from the use of plants and the contracts need to consider what is reasonably achievable when setting the bonus/penalty clauses.

    Lane rental contracts had been used by the Highways Agency (HA) for roadworks on motorways but I believe the first lane rental work for bridge repairs was used in Surrey for the work on the A3/A31 bridge that carries the slip road towards Farnham.

    An innovative repair scheme was devised by the HA and the design was carried out by a consultant. The scheme was to repair and strengthen the bridge using a lane rental contract to reduce delays on the A3.

    A bonus aspect, also devised by the HA, was a temporary bridge sitting on top of this bridge that carried a lane of traffic for cars only.

    This was one of the most challenging but satisfying jobs of my career with the HA.

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