Lane rental bid to cut delays

Utility firms could be charged a daily fee to carry out roadworks in a bid to speed up repairs and reduce delays.
The scheme would charge companies repairing and upgrading underground pipes and wires, which carry gas, electricity, water, sewage and broadband.

At the moment utility firms pay a “single small sum” to get a temporary traffic regulation order, which lasts for 18 months. Councillors believe this provides no incentive to get repairs done quickly.

Cllr Steve Smith, Westbury on Trym and Henleaze, said: “Lane rental schemes are a proven, very effective tool for reducing congestion caused by works undertaken by utility companies. This is because it provides a clear financial incentive to expedite matters.”