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Lincolnshire County Council introduces Street Works Charter in bid to cut down disruption


A county council has worked with contractors and utility companies in a bid to cut down disruption caused by road works for motorists.


Ten of the county's largest companies have come together with Lincolnshire County Council and it’s contractors to sign-up to a new Street Works Charter designed to make life easier for road users.


The charter is the work of LCC and has been put together in a bid to cut down both the amount of time a road is closed, and the number of times different utility companies carry out work in the same spot.


Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Martin Hill said: “The Street Works Charter has been designed so that we all carry out a more joined-up way of planning and working together.


“For too long the people of Lincolnshire have seen road closures where perhaps the road didn’t need to be closed, or traffic restrictions left up when they could have been removed between working shifts to free up traffic flow.


“How many times have we all seen a road dug up for some reason only to have it dug up again in the same area weeks later when another company has other parts of its works programme to carry out?


“We’ve been working at smarter planning and improved relationships with utility companies for some time and things have been improving. The Charter is the next step in bringing us all together to better that improvement even further and this is something I am delighted that we, as the highways authority, have now been able to do.”


LCC’s head of client and contractual management, Jonathan Evans, added: “I think that the Charter will mean that we will see less disruption.


“Working collaboratively between these partners will mean that the travelling public will see less of us, and that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do here.”


The Street Works Charter launched today.

The following companies have signed up to the Street Works Charter, including the contractors who work in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council: Anglian Water, Balfour Beatty, Cadent Gas, National Grid, Quickline broadband, CityFibre, Harlaxton, Upp, Colas, Lightspeed, WSP, SpringFibre, Northern Powergrid.


Anglian Water’s head of reinstatement operations, Andrew Skelhorn, said: “We are confident that the public will see fewer roadworks, less disruption, and more people working within the same road closures or within the same temporary traffic management system.”


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