Further cutting congestion on Kent's key routes
29 June 2012
Kent has begun consulting on plans aimed at further cutting
congestion on key routes by giving those working on our highways a
clear financial incentive to reduce the scale and duration of
roadworks on the busiest roads.
By using so-called ‘lane rental’, Kent would be able to impose a
charge of up to £2,000 per day on companies that dig up the busiest
roads on the network at peak times. Kent is the first county
council to move forward with this new and innovative type of
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and
Waste, Bryan Sweetland, said:
“This is aimed at making sure firms finish their work on
particular roads as quickly as possible, so that disruption to
drivers is kept to a minimum. The lane rental scheme will also
encourage these firms to work at less disruptive times.”
Revenue generated by the Kent Lane Rental Scheme will be
invested in further work to cut congestion in Kent.
It follows the introduction two years ago of the ground-breaking
Kent Permit Scheme, which requires companies to apply for
permission to dig up a road. This allows the county council to
manage and co-ordinate works – getting firms to work at the same
time instead of digging holes separately – minimising jams and
delays suffered by motorists and other road users.
The permit scheme also allows the council to apply conditions on
roadworks, such as increasing the number of gangs, lengthening the
hours worked each day, restricting work to holiday periods, and
working a seven-day week, to make sure the job gets done in the
shortest possible time. It has cut the duration of road works by
one day in every 20, according to a report published into the
scheme’s first year.
For further information on the 12-week Kent Lane Rental Scheme
consultation, including roads that would be included, please visit: