WRc plc

How much does that hole in the road really cost?

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Setting the scene Holes in the road, resulting from Utility streetworks or highway authority roadworks, have received much publicity recently. There has been increasing Government and public interest in the amount of disruption caused by excavations and ‘hole diggers’ are coming under increasing pressure to minimise disruption.

Since the introduction of the New Roads and Streetworks Act (NRASWA), highway authorities have had the power to charge for streetworks that over-run (Section 74 NRASWA) and more recently site trials of lane rental schemes (Section 74a NRASWA) have taken place. This year, the Traffic Management Bill has introduced the possibility of permits being required before excavations can be undertaken for planned work, which could include restrictions on the timing of the streetworks.

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