Technology to cut road works chaos

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and Mayor of London Boris Johnson have revealed a £1 million fund which will be used to research and develop new technology with the aim of reducing problems caused by road works.

The Transport Research Laboratory will use the money to fund an 18-month project to examine engineering techniques which could see utility companies use temporary road surfacing methods and fast-setting replacement road surfaces.

This will help to keep routes open, even at peak times, to prevent traffic jams and disruption.

Funding will be also be provided by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.

Philip Hammond said: "Everyone knows how frustrating the delays caused by road works can be, which is why we want utilities and local authorities to be able to make the most of the technology available to help keep disruption to a minimum."

He added: "This project will investigate how innovative engineering can provide greater flexibility and allow more road works to be carried out at times when the travelling public will be least inconvenienced."

The DfT is working on drafting a lane rental plan which would allow utilities as well as other companies to repair roads during the less busy periods of the day, it has been confirmed.

The regulations could be in place by the end of the year if approved.

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