The Government has released further details on proposals to crack down on councils and utility companies that leave roadworks in place when no work is being carried out on them.
According to an official consultation, details of which were published this week, abandoning roadworks on local A-roads in England could lead to fines of around £5,000.
"Ghost" roadworks, as they are called, can often see drivers waiting in tailbacks that can make journey times much longer than necessary.
But the new plans will require councils and utility companies to carry out works seven days a week or put them on hold from Friday evenings.
They add that temporary traffic lights must be removed from the road as soon as the work comes to an end.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "I am keen to make changes so that works on key local A-roads are carried out in the best way to minimise disruption."
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