Utilities must pay for road repairs

Brief details are given of a report which describes the visual and structural damage caused by the reinstatement of utility trenching and goes on to recommend that charges should be levied on the utility companies responsible. A charging structure is suggested, varying according to the previous condition of the road and the volume of use. This would range from £28 per square metre for a lightly trafficked road to £45 per square metre for a busy road. Footways would be similarly charged between £11 and £23. The report addresses an issue highlighted by other organisations e.g. the Transport Research Laboratory which showed a 17 per cent reduction in average structural life due to trenching and that repairs of this nature could account for up to 7.7 per cent of local authority road and footway maintenance capital expenditure. The report is welcomed by a number of organisations, in particular the recommendation for government regulation using existing legislation.


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  • Accession Number: 01141178
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2009 9:08AM