London starts £2,500 lane rental charges for utility firms

Aaron Morby 11 years ago
Share

Transport for London today rolls out out its pioneering lane rental scheme charging utility companies £2,500 a day for working in congested areas and at busy times.

The groundbreaking scheme has been designed to push utility contractors to work on the roads during the night and at off-peak times to cut traffic congestion.

Funding generated by the scheme will be ploughed back into innovative methods to further reduce disruption associated with roadworks

The scheme covers over 200 miles or 60% of the TfL road network, covering the areas most susceptible to major roadwork disruption.

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Everyone who uses London’s roads is acutely aware of how frustrating it is to find major routes being dug up in the middle of the rush hour.

“The delays caused by roadworks are inconvenient and expensive, which is why we have authorised a pioneer lane rental scheme in the Capital to see whether these delays can be cut.

“I hope that this scheme will encourage those who need to do road works to get them finished faster as well as reducing disruption for those using London’s roads and I look forward to seeing the results of this project.”

TfL is not exempt from the rules and the new scheme will also ensure that their works are delivered with minimal disruption.

Currently, around 70% of TfL works are carried out outside of peak hours, compared to around 20% of utility works.

    Innovative methods

    An 18-month project, run by the Transport Research Laboratory, is exploring engineering techniques that could see utilities use temporary road surfacing methods such as plating, fast-setting replacement road surfaces or more innovative methods such as core and vac techniques.

    This would allow utility works to be carried out under the road surface without the need to excavate a large area of the road surface.

    All these methods would allow both TfL and utility companies to carry out more work at quieter times, meaning that more roads could be re-opened during peak traffic periods; cutting delays and disruption across the Capital.

    Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Our lane rental scheme allows us to encourage more roadworks on the Capital’s busiest roads to take place outside the busiest hours, cutting unnecessarily prolonged and disruptive roadworks from our road network.

    “By using any surplus raised to discover new and innovative working methods, TfL and the utility companies can further ensure that works take place outside of the charging periods, allowing all to benefit greatly.”

Latest news

Moving in to new markets paying off for McLaren

Contractor carving out new niche as leading player in heavy refurbs
2 days ago

Plan to add retentions record to payment reporting law

Government consults on tougher reporting to include disputed invoices and retention policies
2 days ago

Morgan Sindall wins £88m Beckton DLR depot upgrade

Delayed work to start on Docklands Light Railway train maintenance depot in East London
2 days ago

Hare and Severfield win £250m Sellafield deal

Country's two biggest steelwork contractors secure 17-year framework
2 days ago

Max Steward returns to head up ISG’s Agility fit-out arm

Former ISG project director returns after three years to take up MD role
2 days ago

McLaren wins massive Portland House refurb

Construction to start this year on £380m revamp of 28-storey building in central London
3 days ago

Green light for £275m HS2 Midlands nerve centre

Trio of contractors battling it out to win huge new depot near Birmingham
3 days ago

Winners named for Government £10bn offsite framework

29 firms secure places on mega framework for schools, healthcare, defence and justice jobs
3 days ago

ISG, Amey and Costain now industry’s quickest payers – list

Average payment times from main contractors slip by a day
4 days ago

Staff at Outco Surfacing start looking for new jobs

Administration notice filed two years after acquisition of NMC Group
3 days ago

£4.75m building work provision tips Higgins into the red

Partnerships business counts cost of changes to building safety rules
3 days ago

John F Hunt snaps up London temporary works design firm

Demolition contractor buys geotechnical and structural engineering design specialist RKD Consultant
3 days ago

Vital Energi lands £13m package at Plumstead regen site

Specialist will start on site this summer helping to transform the former home of Arsenal FC
3 days ago

Galliford Try to start £14m Scunthorpe Market scheme

Firm will build NHS staff accommodation and offices in two phases
3 days ago

Vast £500m British Library expansion go-ahead

London Mayor still needs to give final nod to 800,000 sq ft extension at St Pancras site in London
4 days ago

Wates names new chief executive

Cork-born Eoghan O’Lionaird to join later this month
4 days ago

Keltbray director joins Barhale as North East chief

Mark Wood heads operations in Yorkshire and North East England
4 days ago

Major London City building green deep retrofit approved

St Bride’s Tavern near Fleet Street will be demolished for the building expansion
4 days ago

Gilbert Ash lands starring role in £38m Welsh theatre revamp

Contractor to start work this year on Theatr Clwyd upgrade
4 days ago

Property clients to ramp up spending on decarbonising

Survey reveals nearly half of property chiefs plan to speed up spending on net-zero programmes over next twelve months
4 days ago

Average self employed labour rates top £1,000 a week

Average weekly earnings reach high for skilled trades
5 days ago

BAM wins £49m Harrogate Convention Centre revamp

Local council hopes to sanction work start this autumn
5 days ago

Renaker to top-out Manchester with 71-storey skyscraper

Developer lifts the lid on planned five-building cluster for phase 3 of Great Jackson Street development
5 days ago

Costain bridge lift delayed by ground conditions

National Highways chiefs postpone planned lifting operation
5 days ago

Nexus sells utilities and EV contracting arms for £78m

Group to now focus on remaining business at south east housing civils contractor Tamdown
5 days ago

Speller Metcalfe lands lead role on £40m Tamworth revamp

Town centre to be transformed under ambitious plans
5 days ago

Scaffold boss banned over covid loan abuse

Eleven-year director ban after misuse of £50,000 loan
6 days ago

Gove issues six weeks ultimatum to sign building safety contract

Developers told to sign Government contract issued today or be banned from building homes
6 days ago

Firm fined £120,000 for lifting two builders in a telehandler bucket

Rochdale builder Hoyle Developments fined after repeated safety breaches
1 week ago

Hunt quashes reports HS2 will stop at Old Oak Common

Chancellor says no "conceivable circumstance" where HS2 would not terminate in Central London
1 week ago

Contractor services