A ban on road works
Could a ban on long stretches of roads works make slow moving and traffic jams a thing of the past. Currently there is no set limit on the length motorway road works can run on for, with the longest being 18 miles on the M1 near Chesterfield costing £1 a minute every Heavy Goods Vehicle, a ban may not only reduce operating costs but help reduce accidents often caused as a result of frustration.
The FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy, Malcolm Bingham, has said “Long stretches of roadworks create a series of problems… two-mile stretches could considerably reduce the time they’re delayed.”
This discussion couldn’t be better timed as England’s motorways are expected to see more disruption due to the Government’s £15.2 billion plan to improve the strategic road network gets underway.
More than 1,300 miles of road are due to be built by 2020 in addition to the three-quarters of England’s motorways and major A-roads that are being resurfaced.