London drivers to face less disruption

Friday, 23 March 2012

London drivers will likely welcome news of a new initiative to make those doing disruptive work on busy roads pay extra.

Announced by the Department for Transport (DFT), the initiative will put a £2,500 price tag on each day utility companies spend on such activities in rush hours.

The scheme will be piloted in several locations to test whether it works, the DFT says.

"Anyone who has travelled on London's roads knows how frustrating it is to find major routes being dug up in the middle of the rush hour or - even worse - lanes coned off when no one is even carrying out any work," Justine Greening, the transport secretary, has said.

It is hoped that charges will mean car insurance holders will face less disruption, because companies will pick more convenient times of day to build or maintain roads at, the DFT says.

The initiative is the brainchild of Transport for London – which recently announced on its website that it will be beginning a publicity push to inform Londoners about forthcoming Olympic proceedings which will make use of roads.

Posted by Neil Martin.

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